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Friday, September 21, 2018

Editorials

From a Polish Rally, the All Too Familiar

From all accounts, it seems as if Poland experienced a “Charlottesville” of its own this past Sunday.

The difference, and it’s a huge one, is that Poland was home to over 3 million Jews prior to the Holocaust. One third of Warsaw’s pre-World War II population was Jewish.

A Small Town With a Big, Surviving Heart

Sutherland Springs. Until last Sunday, it could be written with certainty that few of us knew much of anything about this small Texas town located some 21 miles outside of San Antonio.

As the news unfolded, we learned of evil’s unspeakable practice, and the carnage was and is still too difficult to

Renewal’s Hidden and Overt Miracles

Other than Torah learning, tefillot and our daily observances and acts that honor Hashem, there aren’t all that many mitzvot that one does on a regular basis that can, in one fell swoop, affect hundreds, if not thousands, of people. But I can easily think of one mitzvah that has affected hundreds, if not thousands, in

Join Us in Celebrating With Yachad on Nov. 18

I hope I am not wrong about this, but I like to think and believe that most in our community are at least somewhat aware of the special work of Yachad and what it has done for decades—and continues to do—for our community’s children, teens, siblings and adults with disabilities. For myself and our family, our connection to

Want to Help the Tuition Crisis? Show Up!

89. The percentage of Orthodox families who, according to a recent poll, point to yeshiva tuition as their number one issue of concern.

35. The number of people who bothered to show up at last Sunday evening’s “Tackling the Tuition Crisis” talk, offered free to the public at Congregation Beth Aaron

Our Friend, Author Joe Rotenberg: A Jewish Link Success Story

One of the joys I receive from publishing The Jewish Link of New Jersey is that I get to meet and befriend some of our community’s most unique and accomplished individuals. Some may already be well known to many and often appear in the pages of The Jewish Link, while others may fly a little under the radar. I also get to meet

Sending a Much Needed Message to Iran

Whether or not a Senate bill that improves or abrogates the Obama administration’s Iran nuclear deal is passed, we believe that the president’s recently announced intention to decertify that pact has merit.

President Donald Trump said last week he would ask Congress to modify the agreement that was

Don’t Guard Your Tongue? TMI and the Confessional Personal Essay

Editor’s note: This is an excerpt of a piece published in The Jewish Link online on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. To read the full version, visit https://tinyurl.com/ybfs67sg

The English word confession is not necessarily a word I

Survey Highlights Staggering Price of Jewish Education

Nishma, a one-year-old sociological and market research firm which previously published a study about Orthodox Jews who became non-religious, published a new study on September 28th, titled “The Nishma Profile of American Modern Orthodox Jews.” While the survey attempts to present an objective view of the

A Real Example of Sukkot’s Message

Frail.

Temporary.

Yet filled with joy.

We’ve heard these messages before when it comes to Sukkot. Our sukkot are built to reflect the vulnerability of our people. They are structures in which we experience happiness, though they,

A Look Back at Our First Sukkot Edition: What a Painful Experience...for Everyone! 

Publisher’s Note: Now that The Jewish Link has published 200 editions and we are nearing our fifth anniversary in March, I have begun, finally, to get some perspective on our paper’s first editions and some of the things I overcame in the early days to make sure the paper came out on time. The Jewish Link’s first year was

Looking Inward as We Celebrate Our 200th Edition

The email from one of my editors came in early this past Monday. It read simply and briefly:

Dear Moshe:

Will we include some acknowledgement of the 200th issue?

A publisher’s letter would be really