Sunday, December 16, 2018


Yiddish for Millenials

Part 1

I was on my way to a performance at a theatre in New York’s Garment district. Like every other area of Manhattan, it’s being re-purposed and gentrified. I soon found the building and got into a packed elevator filled with young people, wondering where the college-age kids were heading and

Understanding Yosef

Reviewing: “Was Yosef on the Spectrum? Understanding Joseph Through Torah, Midrash and Classical Jewish Sources” by Samuel J. Levine. Urim Publications. 2018. English. Hardcover. 141 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1602803220.

In his paper “Is There Science in the Bible? An

Sarah Schenirer’s Chanukah Miracle

Highlighting: “Sarah Builds a School” by Ann Koffsky, with Dr. Leslie Ginsparg-Klein. 2018. Menucha Publishers. English. Hardcover. ISBN-13: 978-1614658009.

Did you know that the history of the Bais Yaakov movement started on Shabbos Chanukah? That was the day

Not Many Can Understand

We had the privilege of attending the Yachad Gala this past week. There are so many accolades that could be given to Yachad and we at The Link are especially sensitive to the amazing services provided by Yachad and the devotion of its staff.

There is another facet of Yachad’s events that is

Requests for Donations

This is the time of year when charities are making their last-minute push for donations before the fiscal year ends.

I can’t even begin to describe my frustration with the amount of mail that my clients receive, especially my seniors who are vulnerable to the seductive photos of starving

Muting Your iPhone When Entering Shul

Last time, we discussed the two issues we all face regarding tefillah and smartphones. The first is stopping your phone’s notifications from disturbing your own tefillah when using your phone as a siddur (which is best to only be used outside of a shul where there are no shelves filled with

My Stories

Part 53

(Continued from previous week)

Epilogue (to the first edition of “My Stories”)

My problem with writing an epilogue is that I don’t know what an epilogue is. It just seemed to be an

Seventh Grader Rami Knapp Develops ‘Parsha War’ Card Game

Rami Knapp, age 12 of Teaneck and a seventh grade student at RYNJ, is combining his passion for trivia, Torah and games to develop a brand new Torah card game in time for his upcoming Bar Mitzvah. The game is called “Parsha War” and is based on the Top Trumps series of card games in which players compete to collect as many

Greece Fire

People often think about eating latkes—too often, for some people—but not a lot of people think about how much sweat and tears go into making thousands of latkes four at a time. A lot of tears, it turns out, because you have to grate onions.

So here is a recipe, cobbled together from various

Nifty Nikudot

A Torah scroll can be difficult to read unless you know the nikudot, i.e., the little dots and lines that determine how each word should be pronounced. Torah readers must memorize these diacritic marks and then, when reading from the scroll, mentally add them so that every single consonant and vowel is pronounced precisely and

Fighting to Keep a Chabad House From the Wrecking Ball

It’s 7 p.m. on a Sunday.

Nineteen college students, male and female, gather around a table of chanukiot.

A little girl jumps up and down with glee, singing a Chanukah song while her Tati, Rabbi Mendy Rivkin, lights the first candle for the first night.

In the background, the joyful “Al HaNisim” tune recount the miracle of

Get Ready for Chalympics 2018

Chanukah had become about presents and stuff for our family, and I knew it could be more. Obviously kids expect and get excited for the presents that are involved in this holiday but I didn’t want it to be just about that. Last year I was inspired by Jewish Instagrammer Peas Love and Carrots to implement the Chalympics (Chanukah Olympics)