I want to express my hakarat hatov to Elie Y. Katz, a true mentsch, who selflessly gives his all to our community. As a Teaneck resident I have been the beneficiary of his kindness and commitment. About five years ago, the Shabbat after we moved into our new house, we discovered that we will not be able to have peace and
I took exception to Elizabeth Kratz’s article, “Another Cost of Yeshiva Day School: Mom’s Career” (March 15, 2018). Her claim that it’s usually the mom who takes a vacation day for snow days, Chol Hamoed Sukkot or other school closings is not true. When our child was young my wife and I would look at the school calendar and come
Elizabeth Kratz described the challenges of working moms in dealing with days off of school in the light of the snow days over the past few weeks (“Another Cost of Yeshiva Day School: Mom’s Career,” March 15, 2018). I agree with her perspectives and was happy to see that my children’s school shares these views. She writes that
I have been a member of the Sephardic Synagogue of Fort Lee for 22 years. It has been a great experience to be part of such a diverse and caring community. We are like a big family and everyone looks out for each other. Most of our members have their immediate families in other countries, so when it’s holiday time we try to
The last issue of The Jewish Link (March 8, 2018) had a number of articles on the AIPAC conference and depicted a virtual love-fest between the United States and Israel. Also in his AIPAC speech, Netanyahu called Iran the greatest existential threat to Israel, and America seems to have Israel’s back on this. This is certainly a welcome
I am writing about page 34 of The Jewish Link that contained an advertisement from the Rabbinical Alliance of America, titled “Psak Halacha on Female Clergy,” March 8, 2018, with two concerns. The content on that page put forward an argument about the proper role of women and Open Orthodoxy, and presumes to apply a rationale based on
It was the summer of 1971 (12 days in the month of Av). My 27-year-old brother, Heshy, a physician at New York Hospital, was riding his bike to daven Shacharit at a shul on the east side of Manhattan. Sadly, he never made it to shul. He was hit by a city bus and died of his injuries.
It was the summer of
Recently I had the opportunity to read The Jewish Link (“Polish TV Exec: Auschwitz Should Be Called ‘Jewish Death Camp,’” January 31, 2018), shortly after the Ultra-Nationalist Polish Government enacted the so-called “Bandera Law.” As you know, Israel protested and considered to cut diplomatic relations with Poland; this
Over the past year or two, we in the traditional and Orthodox communities have waged a spirited debate over the role of women in public worship, the tension between classical halacha and modern thought toward homosexuality and the LGBTQ communities and what should be the width and length of our definition of Orthodoxy.
Congratulations to Elisheva Perlman on her amazing MRKT event (“Elisheva Perlman Brings the MRKT to Women,” February 22, 2018) that sends the “powerful message for our daughters: You can maintain your values and live a balanced life while pursuing a career you love.” Her only mistake is saying, “This is not about women’s lib or
A close family friend and young member of a community close to our hearts suffers from kidney failure and must have a kidney transplant, blood type A or O.
Our family friend is associated with internationally renowned transplant centers. The medical teams at these centers strongly believe a kidney
The school shooting in Florida is a horrific tragedy by any standard. Unfortunately, mass shootings have been a staple in America for a long time. In the aftermath of these events, there are the inevitable questions of why they occur and how to prevent them in the future. There is always the knee-jerk reaction for better gun control as the