Tuesday, February 25, 2020


No More Visiting Day Blues

We sent our youngest to sleepaway camp for the first time this year. And by “we” I mean “I,” and that’s because I also sent my husband to sleepaway camp this summer, also for the first time. With dad at camp with him, we assumed the adjustment would be easier.

By the end of week two,

Approaching the Nine Days and the Enemy Within

With the approach of Rosh Chodesh Av, we begin walking the solemn corridor of the Nine Days that leads us into Tisha B’Av.

We spend much of our reasoning in these difficult days imploring others to do their part in this world.

As Zionists, we wonder why Israel does not have a partner in peace, be it in Ramallah or on the other side of the fence in

A Grandson Sends His First Camp Postcard

“Hi Nana and Poppy, I hope you’re having a good summer. Please respond.”

Okay, so I know this isn’t explorative prose, but to a grandparent this is the big summer enchilada, our oldest grandchild’s first postcard from camp.

It’s from Shalom

Cutting ‘Pay to Slay’ Funds to the PA

Earlier this year, Congress passed a bill known as the Taylor Force Act, named after a West Point graduate and Army veteran who was murdered in Israel by a Palestinian terrorist.

The measure put severe cuts on U.S. aid allocations to the Palestinian Authority, especially if those dollars were being used

William Needs to Duke Out Anti-Semitism at Home

It is all jolly good that Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, became the first British royal to visit Israel since the end of the British Mandate in 1948.

Indeed, William visited with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin and stopped in at places of almost mandatory

Ensuring a Safe, Fun Summer at Camp

It’s summertime, and as the Gershwin lyrics tell us, “the livin’ is easy.”

Many of our collective Jewish experiences were gained through the times we spent at summer camp. Indeed, the bug juice, color war, gimp lanyards, swimming, camp fires and so much more are part of the very fabric of Jewish

The Austrian Chancellor’s Powerful Admission

It was just last March when in this very space, The Jewish Link saw impending Polish legislation making it a crime to call death camps “Polish” as a dire warning for the world.

This was an attempt in itself to revise the very history of a complicit Polish citizenry when it came to the extermination

Rabbi Dovid Kaminetsky, zt”l

Editor's note: Read our tributes to Rabbi Kaminetsky, z"l, at the following links: Rabbi Avi Bernstein,

Netanyahu’s Important Message for Europe

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting with European leaders was an opportunity on many levels.

First, the prime minister fearlessly took center stage in nations where Islamic terror and street opinion is outwardly anti-Israel, anti-Semitic and anti-West.

Gaza’s Unacceptable Escalation

A mortar shell explodes outside a Sderot kindergarten on Tuesday.

Scores of rockets and mortars are keeping code red alarms going and Iron Dome responses on alert.

Terrorists have blown up one of their own electrical power supplies to the strip.

A 12-Step Program for Iran

Last week, the administration decertified the U.S. role in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as the Iran nuke deal.

This week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Iran it would have to take 12 positive steps for the U.S. to consider any new accord. Some of those steps include

A Day to Remember

For many Americans, Memorial Day is the unofficial first day of summer. It’s a nice day off from work or school.

If we did a word-association test of sorts and we wrote or said “Yom Hazikaron” in our community, we’d talk about the solemnity—the sacred, soulful sadness of the day because of our connection to the IDF or because this day of observance is