Sunday, February 16, 2020

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Tackling the ‘Ashke-Sefard Dilemma’

Joel Davidi Weisberger’s feature article about my piece “The Ashke-Sefard Dilemma” (A Response to “The Ashke-Sefard Dilemma,” February 6, 2020) delineates various nuances in Hebrew pronunciation about which there is no argument. However, my usage of the term Sephardic Hebrew, as opposed to Israeli Hebrew, is simply a literal

Keeping Hebrew Dialects Alive

I totally agree with Rabbi Joel Davidi Weisberger’s assertions in his article (A Response to ‘The Ashke-Sefard Dilemma,’ February 6, 2020). It is very sad to me that, in the melting pot that was the Yishuv in the pre-state era and in the early stages of Israel existence, we have lost the distinct pronunciations of the Hebrew

Let’s Avoid Divisiveness

I was very disheartened when I read the two stories that appeared on page 9, Allison Davis’ post on The Teaneck Drum and “Taking a Lesson From Dr. King: Divisive Attacks Have No Place in Government” by Mark Schwartz. (January 30, 2020)

I first read the post sent by Ms. Davis to The Teaneck Drum.

Remembering Paul Freedman, z”l

For those who are alumni of Camp Hillel, White Lake, NY, in the ‘70s and early ‘80s, one cannot help but smile at the name Paul Freedman. I recently heard of Paul’s passing and needed to express some thoughts at the loss of a truly special soul. Paul acted as the nature counselor at Hillel, taking children on overnights and

Vote for the ZOA Coalition, To Defend Israel, Sovereignty And the Jewish People

A few days ago, the 2020, once-in-five-years election for the World Zionist Congress began. We urge you to vote for the ZOA Coalition slate (Slate #11) today. Please go to VoteZOA.org for the voting link.

We’re a coalition of 27 of the strongest activist pro-Israel organizations, including the Zionist

Recognition of St. Mary’s General Hospital

Kudos to The Jewish Link for the follow-up articles on St. Mary’s General Hospital (“St. Mary’s General Hospital’s 2020 Vision,” January 9, 2020) and the marvelous community relations this facility has been engaging in to promote its great undertaking to be a participant to the growth of the Jewish community in Passaic.

Recognizing Carl Lutz

I was pleased to read the article about Carl Lutz in The Jewish Link (“Carl Lutz: The Mystery Savior,” January 16, 2020) and I would like to thank you for promoting his action in Budapest, which will remain the largest rescue operation of Jews during the Second World War.

Twenty Percent Doesn’t Add Up

Has anyone stepped up to use some basic math to show that there were not 20% of all U.S. Orthodox Jews at the siyum last week?

I was startled to read an article in shul this morning about the state of math in Brooklyn yeshivas and then read that letter in your

The Petira of Linda (Chana) Aminoff Schiffman

Phil and I were blessed to have a sister-in-law, Linda Schiffman, a”h, who was the most extraordinary sister-in-law to us and aunt to our children and great aunt to our grandchildren. Families are so fortunate when they have a family member like Linda. She was always kind, caring, considerate, dedicated and

Help Save a Life

My dear wife, Anita Miller, who has lived in Tenafly and Demarest for over 40 years, has end-stage kidney disease and desperately needs a life-saving donor kidney, blood type A or O. She is a loving mother, grandmother and wife. Throughout the years, Anita has dedicated herself to community outreach programs that benefit the surrounding

Twenty Percent of Orthodox Jews in America Attended MetLife Siyum HaShas

Having attended the Siyum HaShas in MetLife Stadium along with 90,000 other Jews, I can affirm that it was an outstanding event. I would like to comment on the size of the crowd.

According to a 2013 Pew Research Center report, there are an estimated 5.3

Religious Freedom

December 30, church shooting; December 28, synagogue stabbing; December 11, Jewish store shooting; the list goes on. Day by day people suffer because of what they believe in or who they have faith in. As the stories tell us for now, we’ve been pretty lucky. The December 11 Jersey City shooting was supposed to be a