Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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Helmets Make a Big Difference

Just wanted to respond to the following and possibly provide some helpful information:

“Balance, Bike and Roll”— July 20, 2017

“Letters to the Editor, A Very Personal Reminder”— August 3, 2017

“Letters to the Editor, Tisha B’Av Tragedy”—March 8, 2018

There are so many cyclists, from fundraising events such as the many

Expressing Hakarat Hatov to Elie Y. Katz

I want to express my hakarat hatov to Elie Y. Katz, a true mentsch, who selflessly gives his all to our community. As a Teaneck resident I have been the beneficiary of his kindness and commitment. About five years ago, the Shabbat after we moved into our new house, we discovered that we will not be able to have peace and

Parenting Is a Partnership

I took exception to Elizabeth Kratz’s article, “Another Cost of Yeshiva Day School: Mom’s Career” (March 15, 2018). Her claim that it’s usually the mom who takes a vacation day for snow days, Chol Hamoed Sukkot or other school closings is not true. When our child was young my wife and I would look at the school calendar and come

Moriah Limits Snow Days

Elizabeth Kratz described the challenges of working moms in dealing with days off of school in the light of the snow days over the past few weeks (“Another Cost of Yeshiva Day School: Mom’s Career,” March 15, 2018). I agree with her perspectives and was happy to see that my children’s school shares these views. She writes that

Sephardic Synagogue of Fort Lee Is Warm and Welcoming

I have been a member of the Sephardic Synagogue of Fort Lee for 22 years. It has been a great experience to be part of such a diverse and caring community. We are like a big family and everyone looks out for each other. Most of our members have their immediate families in other countries, so when it’s holiday time we try to

Lebanon’s Very Real Threat to Israel

The last issue of The Jewish Link (March 8, 2018) had a number of articles on the AIPAC conference and depicted a virtual love-fest between the United States and Israel. Also in his AIPAC speech, Netanyahu called Iran the greatest existential threat to Israel, and America seems to have Israel’s back on this. This is certainly a welcome

Name-Calling in Ad Goes Too Far

I am writing about page 34 of The Jewish Link that contained an advertisement from the Rabbinical Alliance of America, titled “Psak Halacha on Female Clergy,” March 8, 2018, with two concerns. The content on that page put forward an argument about the proper role of women and Open Orthodoxy, and presumes to apply a rationale based on

Tisha B’Av Tragedy: A Tale of Two Cyclists

It was the summer of 1971 (12 days in the month of Av). My 27-year-old brother, Heshy, a physician at New York Hospital, was riding his bike to daven Shacharit at a shul on the east side of Manhattan. Sadly, he never made it to shul. He was hit by a city bus and died of his injuries.

It was the summer of

Polish Law Should Be Strongly Condemned

Recently I had the opportunity to read The Jewish Link (“Polish TV Exec: Auschwitz Should Be Called ‘Jewish Death Camp,’” January 31, 2018), shortly after the Ultra-Nationalist Polish Government enacted the so-called “Bandera Law.” As you know, Israel protested and considered to cut diplomatic relations with Poland; this

Crying for Rabbinic Leadership

Over the past year or two, we in the traditional and Orthodox communities have waged a spirited debate over the role of women in public worship, the tension between classical halacha and modern thought toward homosexuality and the LGBTQ communities and what should be the width and length of our definition of Orthodoxy.

MRKT Defines Feminism

Congratulations to Elisheva Perlman on her amazing MRKT event (“Elisheva Perlman Brings the MRKT to Women,” February 22, 2018) that sends the “powerful message for our daughters: You can maintain your values and live a balanced life while pursuing a career you love.” Her only mistake is saying, “This is not about women’s lib or

A Heartfelt Plea to Save a Young Woman’s Life

A close family friend and young member of a community close to our hearts suffers from kidney failure and must have a kidney transplant, blood type A or O.

Our family friend is associated with internationally renowned transplant centers. The medical teams at these centers strongly believe a kidney