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Friday, September 22, 2017

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Letters

Let Us View Perceived Anti-Semitism in Mahwah Through Another Lens

In reading Justin Feldman’s op-ed (“A Fresh Perspective on the Mahwah Eruv,” August 3, 2017) in which he claims to have experienced anti-Semitism at a Mahwah town meeting, I would like to propose that perhaps he was observing a reasonable response to the eruv question. There are problems with eruvin:

A Very Personal Reminder to Always Wear a Helmet

Three days after Tisha b’Av, 12 Av, is our brother Dr. Heshy Rosenbaum’s 46th yahrtzeit. Heshy, z”l, a resident in pediatrics, was a very gentle person, super smart and loved to play ball. He was the pride of our family, becoming a doctor. He was always careful to be mekadesh shem Shamayim through his actions and behavior. For many of

Men and Women Should Keep Their Distinctive Roles Within Judaism

I was somewhat surprised that there were no letters or responses to the article on the rabbinic ordination of women,  (“Rabba Eryn London Receives Semicha From Yeshivat Maharat,” July 20, 2017) albeit with the alternative titles of “Maharat” or “Rabba.” I would like to share a perspective—not from a halachic place, as there are rabbis far more qualified

There Is an Additional Expense-Saving Program for Schools

Regarding Wallace Greene’s article, “Show Me the Money” (July 27, 2017), an additional expense-saving program for schools is the federally funded E-Rate program. It is administered under the direction of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The program provides discounts, or rebates, that assist schools and

Benjamin Seligsohn Also Named After His Maternal Great-Grandfather

Thank you to The Jewish Link for the mazel tov and accompanying photo congratulating (July 27, 2017) our children Daniel and Daniella Seligsohn on the birth of their son Benjamin. I would just like to note that the baby is named after both of his maternal great-grandfathers: grandfather Bobby Kaplan’s father, Ben/Baer Kaplan, and grandmother Ruby Kaplan’s father,

Teaneck’s National Night Out Should Allow for Full Community Participation

I want to express my disappointment with our civic leaders for allowing the Teaneck National Night Out to be scheduled on Tisha B’Av, August 1. The Night Out should be an event when the entire Teaneck community comes together to celebrate our town and show support for the police department. Unfortunately, the observant

Daf Hashovua Evolved From Rav Teitz’ Radio Program

Congratulations to the participants in the Daf Hashovua initiative; the news of the siyum is inspiring. The title of the program has a heritage, and knowing the context of the name will enrich the meaning of its current use.

Do Not Allow a Municipal Ordinance to Veil Anti-Semitism

The eruv has a significant and important role in the Orthodox Jewish community on the Sabbath and is often invisible to the eye. An eruv allows this community of faith to walk with a stroller to carry a young family to synagogue and handle similar tasks that would otherwise not be permitted on the Sabbath. We know that

Thank You for the Article on Nine Days Podcasts

I want to express my gratitude to Dov Greenwood for the article he wrote for The Jewish Link, “Four Podcasts for the Nine Days” (July 20, 2017). On my usually dull, uninteresting drive from Rochester to Teaneck and Queens I was able to entertain myself by listening to “Israel Story: Love Syndrome” about an amazing

Tisha B’Av Events for Children Should Impart the Day’s Meaning

In recent issues of The Jewish Link, there have been advertisements for Tisha B’Av programs for children that are not in the spirit of the day. Tisha B’Av has the potential to be one of the most important and meaningful days on the Jewish calendar. It reminds us that as good as we think things are now, they are nowhere near the ideal

Opening My Eyes to Your Generosity

Editor’s note: The following letter from Lesley Lipsitz was sent to us for publication by Elchanan Dulitz, who reported that the funding required by the family for Josh Lipsitz’s out-of-pocket medical care was received.

Regarding “Lipsitz Family Seeks Urgent Assistance” (June 8, 2017), I

The Jewish Link Editorial’s Discussion of Sinat Chinam Is Right on Target

Years ago as the president of the then-New Milford Jewish Center-Cong. Beth Tikvah, I gave a talk to the congregation, saying that as Jews we collectively wore a sign on our backs that said “Kick Me.” That started as a childish game whereupon children would try to tack such a sign on the backs of friends.

My point was that all too often Jews assume the role