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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Letters

Muslims and Jews: It’s Not That Simple

It is refreshing to see a well-written letter so well articulated by a youngster like Brooke (“We Say They’re Anti-Semitic. They Say We’re Islamophobic. We’re Both Right.” April 26, 2018). She seems to be trying to solve a complicated and difficult problem by trying to establish an equivalence between Muslim anti-Semitism and Jewish

First Restaurants, Now Shuls

Lichvod Harav Mordechai Glick v’ra’yaso, Nina.

I take great pleasure in reading your columns in The Jewish Link.

Your recent article about “embarrassed” hit a note (“Are We Not Embarrassed,” April 19, 2018).

Although I have not witnessed

More Thoughts on Lockdown Culture

A few weeks ago, our school underwent a lockdown that was originally thought to be in response to a security situation in a nearby Jewish school, but later turned out to be a false alarm. In the days following, many students lashed out with anger and fear as to what happened on that day. I can sympathize with that feeling as I, too,

We Say They’re Anti-Semitic. They Say We’re Islamophobic. We’re Both Right.

I’ve lost count of the times I’ve been sitting in class and someone has said an Islamophobic comment. They make me grind my teeth, but I don’t say anything because I’m surrounded by people who would never understand the point I want to make; they’d attack me for even opening my mouth about it. So, I’m writing it here, instead,

Puppets of the Media

The Letters to the Editor section of the Jewish Link has become a battleground over the past month. “It Is Time for Change” (March 29, 2018) opened a Pandora’s box as the writer noted the common fear Teaneck students faced during the lockdown and pushed for gun control.

We Can Do Better

Thank you to the Teach NJS staff for creating a venue for our community to reach out and interact with government officials regarding non-public school tuition costs at the Teach NJS Annual Legislative Breakfast on April 15. While this event has been lauded a success, with over 300 people in attendance (much more than at the previous

Teach NJS Breakfast Was Energizing

Thank you to Teach NJS and the OU for pulling off an unbelievable event!!! (“Are You Bucking Under the Weight of School Tuition,” April 12, 2018.) This past Sunday morning the turnout was incredible, with the Glenpointe Marriott jam-packed as we gathered to ensure that all children in the state of New Jersey get their fair share of

Addressing the Underlying Issue

I read the article published last week (“A Different Perspective on Lockdowns,” April 12, 2018), a response to a previously published letter (“It Is Time for Change,” March 29, 2018), both by fellow high school students. I went through the same lockdown that the other two went through, being a student at Frisch myself.

The Importance of Person-First Language

We applaud your efforts to bring addiction to the Teaneck community’s attention for the April 22 Amudim event, “Addiction and Substance Abuse Can Happen to Anyone” (April 12, 2018).

One important step is to destigmatize substance use and mental health disorders so people feel safe talking about it.

Spreading Chesed Beyond Local Borders

Growing up, I have always appreciated the Jewish concept of chesed, or loving kindness. It is one of the principle ideas behind giving back and giving to others. Over the years, I have participated in a variety of chesed projects—volunteering at a local food pantry, visiting residents at a local nursing home or volunteering at

A Different Perspective on Lockdowns

I read the letter that was published last week (“It’s Time for a Change,” March 29, 2018) by a fellow high school student. I sympathized with the story she told; I went through the exact same event at the exact same time, and it looked pretty much like what was described in that letter. But I do not recognize, and

Teach NJS Is a Step in the Right Direction

Several years ago, I had the privilege of studying in the Kollel Elyon at Yeshiva University. In addition to our intensive learning and chaburas, we had the privilege of having lunch meetings with prominent Jewish leaders alongside Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm for a conversation about the challenges and opportunities facing the