Sunday, December 09, 2018

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Thank You to The Jewish Link

We have gotten some feedback regarding the article “Mak’s Bake Shop Goes Above and Beyond for Its Customers” (November 15, 2018). In fact, it has been a direct cause of at least one sponsorship of two weeks’ worth of cakes for the lone soldiers already! Thank you again.

Meir Klahr

A Letter to Moshe…

Touched by your article about your son, Zev, (“Where Will Our Child Live?” October 18, 2018) we were reminded of an experience we had in the past during a visit to Arad. In what had been an immigrant absorption center, we observed a group of young adults, physically and otherwise challenged, having breakfast and playing games with

Hakarat Hatov to a Snowstorm Savior

My wife and I would like to express our hakarat hatov to Mathew Halpern and to your shul, Temple Beth Shalom in Livingston, for emulating Avrohom Avinu (who always had his tent open on all sides to invite guests in) when he opened the door to your shul at about 10:00 p.m. last Thursday evening (during the relatively small snow storm that no

An Open Letter to Leonia Residents About Street Closures

I am a long-time resident of the city of Englewood. I am your neighbor. I am not your enemy. I understand that you no longer want to tolerate streets congested with traffic during certain times going to and from the George Washington Bridge. However, your mayor is taking you down a rabbit hole, a nonsensical pathway that doesn’t lead

Still Divided, Even After Tragedy

The article “Teaneck Mourns Pittsburgh With Candlelight Vigil” (JLNJ, November 8, 2018), echoes the widespread feeling that the horrific synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh “has evoked a sense of unity, not only among Jews, but among people of all backgrounds.” While this sentiment is very comforting, unfortunately

Jews Should Be Armed

Regarding the dvar Torah by Rabbi Yair Hoffman (Nov. 1, 2018) “Every Shul Should Have an Armed Person,” I would like to quote a greater authority, i.e., Hashem told Moshe Rabbeinu that every Jew must have a gun for self-protection in Parshat Beshalach 13:18,

Fair Lawn Catholic Community Stands With Us

Editor’s note: The following was shared with us by the rabbinic staff at Congregation Shomrei Torah, who were touched that neighbors in Fair Lawn, from the Catholic community, reached out to them after the tragedy in Pittsburgh.

Dear Rabbi Yudin, Rabbi Markowitz and the Congregation of Shomrei

Jewish Link Does It Right Again!

Kudos to you for re-inventing The Jewish Link format! As much as I enjoyed reading your weekly informative paper, I always had to adjust the length of the paper on my lap...yes, the shorter version is so much better and much appreciated. The print is also an improvement to be noticed. Thank you for making it even more

Remembering Loved Ones From Pittsburgh Tragedy

I am from Pittsburgh. In fact I was born and raised in Squirrel Hill. I was extremely sad and heartbroken when on Sunday morning I turned on CNN and saw the list of names of the victims of the Tree of Life masacre. Sylvan and Bernice Simon, the couple that was killed in shul on Shabbat, were my stepbrother and stepsister-in-law! In about

A Heartfelt Thank You

I am writing to express thanks to our local public servants and law enforcement authorities on their compassionate and swift response to the Pittsburgh tragedy this past Shabbat. The police made their rounds to the various synagogues in our communities to ensure the safety of Teaneck’s Jewish residents and our elected officials condemned

In the Aftermath of the Pittsburgh Tragedy

In light of the recent horrific tragedy in Pittsburgh, we should all make an attempt to recognize the specialness of our own houses of worship and do what we can to help sanctify them a little bit more. Perhaps we can start by not talking during the services and having respect for one another.

Vote for Change for Teaneck Board of Education

In an article published last week in The Jewish Link (“Time for Change at the Board of Education: Vote,” October 25, 2018), we identified the need for improved academic achievement and increased fiscal responsibility, the latter supported by an independent third-party consultant who found significant