Friday, April 03, 2020

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Five Slates for Orthodoxy

This past week a letter to the editor ("The Importance of World Zionist Elections on March 11," by Odelya Jacobs) indicated, in error, that there are four slates running for the World Zionist Congress that are affiliated with Orthodoxy. There are actually five slates, as the letter writer omitted Dorshei Torah Vetziyon-(DTT), Slate number

Meaningful ‘In Memoriam’ Article

I read with sincere sadness the memoriam letter submitted by Gershon Distenfeld. ("A Mother's Message to Her Sons," February 20, 2020)

Thank you to The Jewish Link for continuing to publish “In Memoriam” articles. It should certainly help readers remember their loved ones, who have passed on.

Bring Back the Spirit of Purim

I think we might have killed off Purim. The spirit of the chag has been lost and it’s time to fight to get it back. Please hear me out for a few minutes. I am petitioning the community to initiate a change. Purim has become a huge burden and we need to agree to stop the madness and keep it simple and joyful!

Shabbos Scooters

We were recently struck by the tragedy of two of our friends being struck by a car. Let us remember Shelly Mermelstein A"H  and continue to pray for the recovery of Micah Kaufman.

I remember as a boy playing stickball on the streets of New York on Shabbos and being publicly rebuked by a neighbor.

The Importance of the World Zionist Elections on March 11

The World Zionist Organization elections take place every five years and are open to all Jews in the Diaspora. The party with the largest turnout of votes receives $1.1 billion every year for five years to pursue its agenda. There are 15 parties running in the election, only four of which are Orthodox:

Bernie Sanders: Driving the Mandate for Aliyah

This past week we have seen Bernie Sanders take a commanding lead in the Democratic primary, Mike Bloomberg have a catastrophic debate performance, and anti-Semitic threats on 18 JCCs around the country.

In addition, candidate Bernie Sanders announced he is boycotting the AIPAC Conference next week,

Active Shooter Protocol

It’s important to know what to do during an active shooter attack and I was pleased to read about the recent seminar at St. Mary’s Hospital (“St. Mary’s Active Shooter Seminar Seeks to Save Lives,” February 13) but I must offer one important correction. The article states, “a civilian should never attempt to

Combating Anti-Semitism

On Monday evening, February 10, Mark Weitzman of the Simon Wiesenthal Center addressed the Highland Park community on “Anti-Semitism: The Evil in Our Midst.”

Mark Weitzman is the director of government affairs for the Simon Wiesenthal Center and is a member of the official U.S. delegation to the International

I Spy With My Jewish Eye

Even though the Miami Marathon did not occur during yeshiva week this year, out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a girl in a skirt or a boy wearing a yarmulka every quarter of a mile as I was pushed through the streets of Miami by my Kids of Courage counselors. Our individual fundraising team pushed to reach

Anti-Semitism in Our Midst

Two seemingly disparate pieces in this week’s JLNJ (“Bipartisan NJ Bill Will Allow Guns in Shul,” by Harry Glazer, February 12, and “Why Are Democrats Skipping Out on AIPAC,” by Jonathan Tobin, February 13) are actually two parts of the same problem, that is, the alarming increase in anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment in the

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