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Thursday, February 20, 2020

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Letters

The Path to Success For ‘Lulav Jews’

I read Rabbi Mischel’s article on “The Lulav Jews” (October 24, 2019), and found it to be a worthwhile insight regarding a unique mission that Modern Orthodox Jews can fulfill. However, while the author notes (and clearly correctly so) that it is essential for us to strengthen our commitment to Torah and mitzvot and not consider

Election letter: Support Swain and Tully in The Upcoming Elections

We are writing to give assembly members Lisa Swain and Chris Tully our full and whole-hearted endorsement in the November 5 election. Lisa and Chris have been terrific partners and advocates for our community. They led the fight to successfully increase school security funding at yeshiva schools, have introduced major new legislation to improve pedestrian safety and

Election letter: Elections in Highland Park

I urge all Highland Park voters to re-elect our 18th District Assembly members Robert Karabinchak and Nancy Pinkin on Nov. 5. They have consistently advocated for issues that are of concern to Highland Park’s diverse community, including voting in favor of state aid for nursing, security and technology for

Election letter: Who Is the Best Teaneck BOE Candidate?

You may know one or more board members in your community personally, at least by name. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they are the best person for the job.

What exactly do board members and the board of education do?

Board members represent all members of the

RCBC and School Heads Work Together for Good of Teens

The Rabbinical Council of Bergen County (RCBC), which consists of all the Orthodox rabbis in Bergen County, met this past week with the heads of all local Bergen County Jewish high schools. Rabbi Kenny Schiowitz, president of the RCBC, initiated the gathering to discuss ways in which congregational rabbis and principals could work together

Keep the Noise Down in the Sukkah

In your first publication after the holidays, you featured some community sukkah parties or Smachot Beit Hashoeva hosted by some local residents (“A Sampling of Notable Central NJ Sukkot,” October 24, 2019). I want to bring to your attention that some of these festivities held outside in the sukkah, some serving

Corrections on Touro College

“The College Search: A Brief Guide to Jewish Life Outside YU” (Oct. 3, 2019) was comprehensive and offered important facts and details about a variety of educational options for readers; however, I would like to point out some corrections to the information provided about Touro College. Touro’s Lander

Jewish Life on Secular Campuses: A Rebuttal

In last week’s letter to the editor, “Warning for Parents Researching Colleges” (October 24, 2019), Martin Polak argued that college students are incapable of coping with a secular college experience without completing falling off the religious wagon. Therefore, in order to protect our children and keep them on the

There Is More Than One Path

Having read Martin Polack’s letter, “Warning for Parents Researching Colleges” (Oct. 24, 2019), we disagree with the assertion that secular college leads to a decline in the level of observance in our children. As Jews we should be very careful of casting aspersions and making generalizations about others who are choosing a different

No Cell Phones in Class

I was a bit taken aback by Wally Greene’s article, “Opposition to Cell Phones in Class: Is It a Good Idea?” (Oct. 24, 2019). Whereas he correctly lists many of the reasons why cell phone use in the classroom is a major distraction, he also indicates that cell phone use is addictive. Addictions are very powerful and

Anti-Semitic and Anti-Israel Actions in Our Back Yard

The  Highland Park Public Library Board of Trustees has scheduled for presentation on Oct. 20, erev Shemini Atzeret, a program for toddlers called “P is for Palestine, I is for Intifada.” The speaker is a non-resident of Highland Park, an Iranian woman Golbarg Bashi, who is an advocate for BDS against Israel.

Warning for Parents Researching Colleges

Having read Elizabeth Zakheim’s article,”The College Search: A Brief Guide to Jewish Life Outside YU” (Oct. 3, 2019), I wish to comment on the lures and dangers of secular American universities.

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