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Friday, September 22, 2017

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‘Lonely Woman of Faith’ Rightly Expresses Values

Kudos to The Jewish Link for publishing Elizabeth Kratz’s magnificent essay, “Am I a Lonely Woman of Faith?” (May 18, 2017). It is one of the best pieces we have ever read in your paper.

Mrs. Kratz rightly takes to task journalists who, rather than seeking the truth from all corners, simply (and

Ad’s Message Must Be Considered

I was disappointed to see your recent advertisement entitled “Tehilim Cured Our Daughter’s Depression.” I recognize that your target audience is Orthodox Jewish, and that prayer is a component of faith, but the title is simplistic and silly at best, and quite offensive and hurtful at worst. Think of the message it

Support School Choice in NJ in the June Election

New Jerseyans are the first in the country to have the opportunity to begin to tear down this wall that prevents parents from providing their children with quality education that meets their needs, talents and faith. Thanks to several courageous New Jersey legislators, ours is the first state to have a bill that conforms precisely to the Universal School

It Was the Height of Hypocrisy

I wasn’t sure whether to laugh in pain or cry out loud in response to UNESCO’s resolution calling Israel an “occupying power” and [saying] any Israeli efforts to assert sovereignty over Jerusalem are “null and must be rescinded,” on Israel’s Independence Day, no less. The hypocrisy and outrageous accusation

Why Trump Isn’t Actually Pro-Israel

Like many in our Modern Orthodox circle, I heavily consider the American-Israeli relationship when voting for our public representatives. However, many in our community, whether they admit it or not, are one-issue voters whose sole concern is Israel. And because of that, many voted for Donald Trump—the candidate who blasted Obama for

Swift Law Enforcement Response Appreciated by Elmora Hills Minyan

Following Shacharit this morning we were shocked to find a pair of swastikas scrawled in chalk in the parking lot adjacent to our shul. We immediately notified the Union Police Department, which has begun an investigation into this unconscionable hate crime. With assistance from our local federation, we have also been in contact with the

With Nonprofit Board Service, Look Not at Risk Avoidance Alone

In a recent issue, an insurance broker wrote an article “To Join or Not to Join?” (April 27, 2017) regarding nonprofit board service. The author brings up an important point that is often overlooked: the need for a board to have appropriate directors and officers (D&O) insurance to protect the lay members of the school or

Passaic Residents Are Urged to Vote in Tuesday’s Election

On Tuesday, May 9, there will be an election for mayor and three seats on the city council of Passaic. We ask that you support the election of Mayor Hector C. Lora (2A) and the re-election of Councilmembers Jose “Joe” Garcia (2B), Dr.Terrence Love (3B) and Daniel J. Schwartz (6B).

All of these

School on Sunday Is Not for Everyone

Regarding Sarah Felsenthal’s article, “Sunday School—An Idea Whose Time Has Come” (April 27, 2017), I believe that, although it is a noble idea and one that works for some families and some schools, there are other facts that need to be brought to light.

The writer states that it would be staffed “by volunteer educators.” I would like to have a

Restore Ivrit B’Ivrit in Our Schools

Disclaimer: This letter specifically does not speak about anybody in my shul and not about many who do render Hebrew texts just fine. It also does not address pronunciation, which many insist on the “Yeshivish” pronunciation and, despite my dislike for that, they at least have a mesorah.

I read Dr.

High School Teachers Must Prepare Students to Be Lifelong Learners

I read the piece written by Rabbi Yablok in your April 20 edition (“Striking a Balance in the Judaic Studies Classroom”) and, while I do not disagree with many of his points, I wanted to highlight a slightly different dimension in terms of the teacher’s role. While it is very nice to say that the teacher must keep the rigorous

Download the App and ‘Stand Still’ With Our Israeli Brethren

One of my Israeli cousins, Karen Shaham Palman, developed a new app called Standing Still, which allows people to experience and respect the sirens that, twice a year, bring an entire country to a stop for a few minutes. No matter where on the globe you are, it will sound each year on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance