Friday, September 22, 2017

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On Hebrew Language Education in Our Day Schools

I am surprised that The Jewish Link printed a letter maligning one of our outstanding community day schools. Rabbi Bob Mark’s essential point (“Our Students Must Be Taught Basic Hebrew Reading Skills,” January 5, 2016), that Hebrew-language education should be given more attention by our community, may be valid, but

Nina Glick’s ‘Carve a Date’ Article Sends New Faces to Woodworking Shop in Gush

Meeting lovely people seems to be part and parcel of this wonderful adventure we’re enjoying while setting up our new business at The Workshop Gush Etzion and Mandy Broder Judaica Creations. Nina Glick is one of those people. We met her only once, but have been in touch many times since, mostly due to her desire to help us reach as many

Appreciation for Teachers Is Not Just About Financial Rewards

It was with great disappointment that I read the letter to the editor, “Chanukah, A Teaching Moment,” in your December 29, 2016 issue. The writer, a teacher in a yeshiva who chooses to remain anonymous, decries the fact that while other service providers receive generous tips at the holiday season, our hardworking

We Must Pass Education Freedom Accounts Act

America’s “progressives” have now joined the anti-Semites of the world to allow Israel to be condemned. Progressives are responsible for the growth of terrorism all across the world, including 9/11. When you trace the birth of modern day terrorism, it sprang up following the 1967 Six Day War, after the Arab nations threatened Israel

Thank You to Pearl Markovitz

I want to thank Pearl Markovitz for writing such a wonderful article about The Joel Paul Group. I always admired her writing and her articulation, as well as her recruiting skills, when she worked for The Joel Paul Group! I enjoy reading the articles she writes for The Link. Thank you to the editors for assigning her to write the

Chanukah: A Teaching Moment

One beautiful aspect of this time of year, the holiday season, is that we stop our hamster-wheel scurrying to think about the people who are important in our lives, and take a moment to show them that we are grateful for their contribution to us and our families. Many of us take a careful account of every individual whose job has meaning

Discussions of Trump, Racism and Orthodoxy Continue

This is in reply to Aryeh Baer’s letter (“Letter Writers Disagree on Assumptions, Not Facts,” December 15, 2016), which criticized my letter (“Rabbi Wieder Should Focus His Racism Lens Away From the Orthodox Community,” December 8, 2016) contesting Rabbi Jeremy Wieder’s claim that “racism runs deep in the Orthodox

Is It Proper to Condemn an Entire Community for ‘Racism’?

“Racism in the Orthodox Community” is the title of Rabbi Jeremy Wieder’s recorded presentation to his students at YU (and later published in The Jewish Link with the same title on December 1, 2016). In the presentation, he says, “Unfortunately, racism runs deep in the Orthodox community… I can tell you that it is a very real

Letter Writers Disagree on Assumptions, Not Facts

It is interesting to see how the articles by Rabbi Jeremy Wieder and by Ariel Herzog on racism in the Orthodox community (December 1, 2016) acted almost as Rorschach tests, at least judging by the letters in response (December 8, 2016). Much of what those letters addressed was not actually written or even inferred in the

Mitchell First Should Keep Those Etymologies Coming

Your erudite articles focusing on the etymologies of words are quite interesting (“Sharing Some Interesting English Word Origins,” December 8, 2016). I always found it interesting how some names are inadvertently associated or connected. For example, Rev Newberger’s shul is on Newbridge Road, and Rabbi Engle, former rabbi of Kesher,

Thank You for the Allergy Sensitive Recipe

I want to thank Mrs. Elizabeth Kratz for writing an article last week about allergies (“Celebrating Recipes That Don’t

Why Are Orthodox People Who Voted for Trump Assumed to Be Racists?

I sent this to a local board after the moderator urged the readers to read the article “Racism in the Orthodox Community,” (December 1, 2016) that was published in The Jewish Link and after another reader, Gary, has shared his bad experience regarding his own family. Then, I thought that my answer would reflect what many of the