Friday, September 21, 2018

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Clarifying Costs and Administration at Yeshivat He’Atid

I would like to clarify two things about the article that was published in The Jewish Link this past week regarding the panel that I participated in a few weeks ago (“Panel: No Single Solution to the Tuition Crisis, Especially for a Community Divided,” March 22, 2018).

Firstly, regarding Yeshivat

It Is Time for a Change

I am 17 years old. I go to The Frisch School in Paramus. On Tuesday, March 20, I sat in lockdown scared for the lives of my friends and family.

It was a normal day. I was in class watching my teacher show me some website we all had to use. Then the

Lessons From Rabbi Ozer Glickman, z”l

It is with the greatest trepidation, and I hope for an important purpose, that I’d like to share a thought on one specific issue. I knew (to the extent one can know someone) Rabbi Ozer Yeshaya HaKohen Glickman, z”l, for 40 years. In the early years, we learned together regularly and though he was certainly far more

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