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Monday, June 26, 2017

Letters

‘We Were Just Checking If You Were Paying Attention’, Mike

Last week, your table of contents listed OY VEY on page 43—when in fact it was on page 41.

It was rough being the only person in Englewood home for yeshiva week. But the toughest part of my week was the scramble to find the OY VEY article. I felt a sick pit in my stomach when I anxiously opened to page

The Late Show (In Defense of Late Maariv)

“Hey! Where do you think you’re going?”

Someone stopped me dead in my tracks as I thought I was making a quick exit.

I was leaving synagogue between Mincha and Maariv, the afternoon and evening prayers, which are often done back-to-back in Orthodox synagogues. Now, the person stopping me was a friend and he was half joking. But I believe he was

A Simple Solution to Loud Music Problems at Simchas

“What Your Wedding Band Wishes You Knew,” (The Jewish Link, October 27, 2016) says, “People often say the music is too loud.” The bands or the author go on to excuse this by talking about keeping the crowd moving. But does anyone ever complain that the music is not loud enough? If not, then clearly the crowd does

Don’t Besmirch Schools Based on Anecdotal Experiences

As an alumnus of both Yavneh Academy and TABC, I was extremely insulted by Rabbi Bob Mark’s letter in last week’s Jewish Link of New Jersey (“Our Students Must Be Taught Basic Hebrew Reading Skills,” January 5, 2017). Using my eight to 10 years (and an additional four years on Hebrew coursework at YU), I have been

Let’s Not Make Generalizations About Local Yeshivot

Each week I look forward to reading The Jewish Link and enjoy your many articles on a variety of topics. I enjoyed your recent article “A Conversation With Dovid Chaim Greenfield, Chayal Boded” (December 22, 2016). However, I was disappointed with the Letter to the Editor that followed, bemoaning the fact that our day school children do

Yavneh Academy Teaches Excellent Hebrew Skills

I recently read a letter to the editor written by Rabbi Bob Mark (“Our Students Must Be Taught Basic Hebrew Reading Skills,” January 5, 2017) in which Rabbi Mark basically indicts schools, the Yavneh Academy in particular, for not teaching its students the basic skills “so that they can understand the words that they will be reading

The Jewish Link’s Publication of Rabbi Mark’s Letter Was a ‘Lapse in Judgement’

My jaw dropped when I read the response of Rabbi Bob Mark (“Our Students Must Be Taught Basic Hebrew Reading Skills,” January 5, 2017) to a previous article about Dovid Chaim Greenfield (“A Conversation With Dovid Chaim Greenfield, Chayal Boded,” December 22, 2016). Rabbi Mark sifts through an otherwise uplifting story about a young

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