Sunday, October 20, 2019

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The Fifth Question of the Season

At the recent AIPAC conference, the New Jersey delegation heard from presidential hopeful, Senator Cory Booker. The delegation, I assume, was mesmerized and enthralled with Booker’s pre-practiced “Yiddish-isms” and Torah references and his unwavering support for the land and people of Israel. Say what? This is the same senator who

It’s Time to Look at the Republican Party

I notice The Jewish Link avoids partisan politics. Lately, developments in the Democratic Party have prompted an editorial and an op-ed article (“The Democratic Party’s Shame,” March 14, 2019; “Is There Any Defense for Ilhan Omar?” March 6, 2019). Criticism of any foreign country and its American supporters is a legitimate topic

Fair Lawn Jewish Community Has Been Vibrant for Decades

Your March 14 issue featured an excellent, in-depth article about Rabbi Benjamin and Shevi Yudin (“Rabbi Benjamin and Shevi Yudin Celebrate 50 Years in Fair Lawn,” March 13, 2019), an extraordinary couple who have made a major impact on the Fair Lawn Jewish community. The author explained that the Yudins were

Justice Achieved but the Pain Is Forever

On March 13, the Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., announced the trial conviction of Roderick Covlin, 45, for murdering his 47-year-old wife, Shele Danishefsky Covlin, at her Upper West Side apartment on New Year’s Eve in 2009.


I Used to Think Like Earl Sandor

I used to be a liberal like Earl Sandor, who criticized The Jewish Link editorial “Democrat Party’s Shame” (March 14, 2019).

Sandor has it backward in his letter to the editor. He should get angry at President Obama. And praise Trump. The New Jersey

The Measles Outbreak Is a Chillul Hashem on Multiple Levels

Jews were always known to be the most literate and wise people in their host societies; the God-given intellectual abilities of the Jew mirror the exceedingly advanced character of his religion. The measles outbreak in Rockland County (and Brooklyn, and other Orthodox areas) challenges this all. In defiance of proven

Support the Democratic Party? No Way

I wish to respond to letter-writer Earl Sandor, whose numerous pro-Hillary Clinton/Democratic Party/anti-Trump views have appeared in The Jewish Link on various occasions (“Democrats’ Shame Is Nothing Compared to Trump,” March 20, 2019). For any Jew, religious or not, affiliated or not, Zionist or not, etc., to side

Human Trafficking Awareness

My name is Nicole Gruenzweig, and my name is Pnina Lerman. We live in Staten Island but we go to a Modern Orthodox yeshiva called Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School in Livingston. In school, we have the privilege to take a sociology class with our fantastic teacher Rabbi Richard Kirsch. In class we often discuss serious and

A Byline by Rav Soloveitchik in The Jewish Link

I was surprised to see a Jewish Link piece with a byline from Rav Soloveitchik z”tl (A New Transcription: Surrendering to the Almighty,” March 14, 2019). Of course, the Rav’s words are always illuminating, interesting and impactful. His teachings necessarily inspire and educate all of us, and we are so fortunate to

Context of the Rav Soloveitchik Transcription

Thank you for publishing (March 14, 2019) “A New Transcription: Surrendering to the Almighty,” by my rebbe, Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik, zt”l. I had the privilege of studying in the Rav’s shiur from 1969 to 1973.

This article is a powerful

Democrats’ Shame is Nothing Compared to Trump

Your recent editorial “The Democratic Party’s Shame” (March 14, 2019) promulgated a false narrative. A review of the facts is in order. The response to the antisemitic tropes of Reps Omar and Tlaib, of a Jewish financial conspiracy and dual loyalty, was met with an immediate and forceful denunciation by the entire Democratic

Just Say No to Jaywalking

Last Sunday I did something I’m not proud of. I crossed the street after looking both ways. What I neglected to mention is that I did not cross at a traffic light or a crosswalk. Another tidbit I left out is that this street was Cedar Lane in Teaneck on a Sunday morning three weeks before Purim. I cringe further to inform you that I had