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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Editorials

A Temporary Structure, With Memories to Last Forever

Sukkah hopping, ushpizin, posters of the Kotel, artwork made by generations of children. Some of that artwork was made by you and, now, your children. Strings of lights that turn your sukkah into a magical place after the sun sets.

Aromas from steamy, hot soups and stews from recipes handed down like

Let’s Make Service Part of Our Teshuva

We’ve been through a lot together this year.

The pages of The Jewish Link and our online platform have captured our community’s triumphs and, at times, some of its most troubling challenges.

Be it communal responses to a person in need of a kidney transplant,

Shana Tova. A Happy 5780!

Unthinkable mass synagogue shootings in Pittsburgh and Poway.

Nikki Haley, arguably Israel’s greatest U.N. defender, steps down.

Not one, but two razor-thin close elections in Israel within five months of each other.

Democrats,

300 Issues and Counting

As we approach Rosh Hashanah and our milestone 300th issue, we at 

The Jewish Link would like to take a moment to reflect on the past six and a half years. It has been quite a journey, and we are exceedingly grateful to be here, as the leading community paper and platform for our community here in

Hoping for Unity in Israel

After a difficult, albeit inclusive election day in Israel, it is our hope that the nation can come together in a show of unity.

Whether it’s Likud or Blue and White leading the government, the last thing Israel needs to do is weaken itself through divisiveness. Its enemies would love to see the Jewish

The Clarity of Annexation

And why not?

In 2005, Israel, then under the leadership of the late Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, made the unilateral decision to disengage Israel from Gaza. The process was painful and difficult.

There was the hope that the Palestinian residents of Gaza would take the

Threat Is on the Uptick in Lebanon

With its leader still working to form a clear majority and voter turnout predicted to be low on September 17 in Israel, the last issue the Jewish State and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wanted to have was any sort of engagement with Hezbollah.

Yet after the near miss of an anti-tank projectile aimed

Extending Blessings for the New School Year

Certainly this space is usually occupied by comment on issues facing the region, nation, Israel and the world.

This time, in this space, we simply want to wish all of our children a wonderful, fresh new school year.

We’re extending those wishes as well to parents

Issues That Unite Us, and People Who Divide Us

We understand that this is a fraught issue. In its entire existence as a state, Israel has permitted critics of every level to tour the country, to meet with government officials and members of Knesset. Many of those same critics have gone on so-called “Israel-warts-and-all” tours, which include meetings with Israeli officials in

Never, Ever Can Israel Let Its Guard Down

There has been so much difficult news involving killings of a massive nature in this country, but the news of the brutal murder of Cpl. Dvir Sorek, HY”D, in Israel cannot be overlooked.

Only 18, the hesder yeshiva student had his entire future ahead of him. His life was taken by two Palestinian

This Tisha B’Av the World Is Counting On Us

Throughout history, the Nine Days leading to Tisha B’Av have been fraught with sadness and tragic events impacting Jews and non-Jews alike.

As the wax on the Havdalah candle was barely dry last Motzei Shabbat, we learned of a horrible mass shooting that ultimately claimed the lives of at least 22

Sadly, Their Messages Are Still Timely

The message delivered at a recent Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey meeting was clear and to the point.

Rep. Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) and Elan Carr, the U.S. Special Envoy for Monitoring Anti-Semitism, told their audience that the rise in U.S. anti-Semitic acts is closely mirroring European violence