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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Letters

It Was the Height of Hypocrisy

I wasn’t sure whether to laugh in pain or cry out loud in response to UNESCO’s resolution calling Israel an “occupying power” and [saying] any Israeli efforts to assert sovereignty over Jerusalem are “null and must be rescinded,” on Israel’s Independence Day, no less. The hypocrisy and outrageous accusation

Why Trump Isn’t Actually Pro-Israel

Like many in our Modern Orthodox circle, I heavily consider the American-Israeli relationship when voting for our public representatives. However, many in our community, whether they admit it or not, are one-issue voters whose sole concern is Israel. And because of that, many voted for Donald Trump—the candidate who blasted Obama for

Swift Law Enforcement Response Appreciated by Elmora Hills Minyan

Following Shacharit this morning we were shocked to find a pair of swastikas scrawled in chalk in the parking lot adjacent to our shul. We immediately notified the Union Police Department, which has begun an investigation into this unconscionable hate crime. With assistance from our local federation, we have also been in contact with the

With Nonprofit Board Service, Look Not at Risk Avoidance Alone

In a recent issue, an insurance broker wrote an article “To Join or Not to Join?” (April 27, 2017) regarding nonprofit board service. The author brings up an important point that is often overlooked: the need for a board to have appropriate directors and officers (D&O) insurance to protect the lay members of the school or

Passaic Residents Are Urged to Vote in Tuesday’s Election

On Tuesday, May 9, there will be an election for mayor and three seats on the city council of Passaic. We ask that you support the election of Mayor Hector C. Lora (2A) and the re-election of Councilmembers Jose “Joe” Garcia (2B), Dr.Terrence Love (3B) and Daniel J. Schwartz (6B).

All of these

School on Sunday Is Not for Everyone

Regarding Sarah Felsenthal’s article, “Sunday School—An Idea Whose Time Has Come” (April 27, 2017), I believe that, although it is a noble idea and one that works for some families and some schools, there are other facts that need to be brought to light.

The writer states that it would be staffed “by volunteer educators.” I would like to have a

Restore Ivrit B’Ivrit in Our Schools

Disclaimer: This letter specifically does not speak about anybody in my shul and not about many who do render Hebrew texts just fine. It also does not address pronunciation, which many insist on the “Yeshivish” pronunciation and, despite my dislike for that, they at least have a mesorah.

I read Dr.

High School Teachers Must Prepare Students to Be Lifelong Learners

I read the piece written by Rabbi Yablok in your April 20 edition (“Striking a Balance in the Judaic Studies Classroom”) and, while I do not disagree with many of his points, I wanted to highlight a slightly different dimension in terms of the teacher’s role. While it is very nice to say that the teacher must keep the rigorous

Download the App and ‘Stand Still’ With Our Israeli Brethren

One of my Israeli cousins, Karen Shaham Palman, developed a new app called Standing Still, which allows people to experience and respect the sirens that, twice a year, bring an entire country to a stop for a few minutes. No matter where on the globe you are, it will sound each year on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance

We Must Take Care Not to Speak Lashon Hara

I am writing concerning an article in which friends of Rabbi Avi Weiss related a very uncomfortable situation (“Even on Vacation Venom Spews Forth,” March 2, 2017). The couple overheard people in a restaurant, who appeared to be “frum,” besmirching Rabbi Avi Weiss and his views. Perhaps Rabbi Avi Weiss is not the favorite rabbi of

Teaneck’s Weinbergers Are Another Father-Son Rabbinic Duo

As I read your article in this past week’s issue of The Jewish Link, “Five Bergen County Sons Join Their Fathers in the Rabbinate,” (March 16, 2017) I couldn’t help but notice you missed a few hidden gems in our community. Rabbi Yosef Weinberger is the son of Rabbi Yitzchak Weinberger who also received smicha from the Rabbi Isaac

We as Jews Should Only Support Those Who Support Us

A childish game of many years ago was to tag an unsuspecting victim with a note that read “Kick Me.”

In 2009, as president of the then New Milford Jewish Center I was addressing the congregation on Yom Kippur. I said that as a group we had a virtual “Kick Me” sign stuck to our backs. In our zeal