Friday, August 18, 2017


Poland: A Special Opportunity and a Powerful Experience

It has been a little over a week since I returned from a trip/mission to Poland, led by Rabbi Efrem Goldberg of the Boca Raton Synagogue in Florida, along with Dr. David Bernstein of the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem. As a child of survivors of the Shoah, I had always felt it was my responsibility to visit the sites where six

Reflecting on My Internship at The Jewish Link

Until mid-April, I had no plans lined up for this summer. In past years, I worked as a camp counselor and had fun hanging out with friends. While I really enjoyed working at camps, as a rising college junior, I decided that I was ready for a change. I wanted to find an internship that would give me good office experience, but also, if I’m

Show Me the Money

It is axiomatic that if day schools were run like businesses, with only a goal of operating in the black, most day schools would close. At the same time, schools need to be fiscally responsible. How should schools strike a balance between operating in a business-like fashion while striving to provide a dual

‘Shalom Italia’: A Child Survivor Film  With Contemporary Themes

Reviewing: “Shalom Italia,” directed and produced by Tamar Tal Anati. Premiered on POV Monday, July 24, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. on PBS. View online at pov.org.

Elie Wiesel’s “Night” has shocked generations for its direct and stark portrayal of the Holocaust; in its clarity,

‘Joe’s Violin’: A Bronx Schoolgirl, a Holocaust Survivor and the Music That Brought Them Together

Reviewing: “Joe’s Violin,” directed by Emmy-award winning film­maker Kahane Coo­perman, premiering on PBS on Monday, July 24, at 10 p.m. View online at pov.org.

There are few stories more heartwarming and sweet, charmingly simple yet emotionally deep, than that of the

Because Dreams Do Come True

Kollel Chatzos at Amuka on Tu B’Av

(courtesy of Kollel Chatzos) Every little girl has a dream—of tulle and lace and a diamond ring on her very own finger.

And every little boy has a dream as well: to be a totty.

Norbert and Dorothy Strauss Welcome Newest Great-Grandchild

Norbert and Dorothy Strauss, contributors to The Jewish Link, have a new addition to their extended family. Joseph Strauss, Norbert’s 25th great grandchild, is the son of Rabbi Avi Strauss and Dr. Sara Strauss. He is named for Norbert’s father, Joseph Strauss z”l. The grandparents are Drs. Daniel and Pearl

Daniel and Daniella Seligsohn Have a New Baby Boy

Daniel and Daniella Seligsohn of Englewood welcomed a new baby boy on July 12. Benjamin Baer (Baer Yechezkel) has a big brother, Max, and a big sister, Livia. Grandparents are Ruby and Bobby Kaplan of Teaneck and Sandy and Jerry Seligsohn of Scarsdale, New York. The name Baer is from his great-grandfather, Bobby’s father, Baer

Shaina Stiefel Weds Alter Gross

Shaina Stiefel, daughter of Marvin and Miriam Stiefel of Englewood, was married July 9 to Alter Gross, a son of Vivian and Avrumi Gross of Teaneck. The wedding took place at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor, New York.

The bride is a graduate of Rutgers University and the Frisch School. The

The ‘Why’ of Faith

Reviewing: “Reason to Believe: Rational Explanations of Orthodox Jewish Faith,” by Rabbi Chaim Jachter. Menorah Books, an imprint of Koren Publishers Jerusalem. Hardcover, 249 pages, 2017. ISBN-13: 978-1-940516-71-4.

In Rabbi Chaim Jachter’s recently released and meticulously

Bava Batra 176 and Sanhedrin 2

May these words of Torah serve as a merit le’iluy nishmat Menachem Mendel ben Harav Yoel David Balk, a”h.


This week we completed the study of Bava Batra and began Sanhedrin. These are some highlights.

Accounting for a Minyan

Recently, Orthodox Jews in Lakewood, New Jersey, were arrested for allegedly deceiving the government in order to obtain benefits illegally. While we assume that people are innocent until proven guilty, we can explore the implications of this alleged crime. Specifically, I would like to discuss whether we can count for a minyan a