Sunday, September 22, 2019


Mourning the Loss of a Friend: Rabbi Ozer Glickman, z”l

There have been and will be many words used to describe Rav Ozer Glickman, z”l, since his sudden passing early this week. Scholar, rabbi, father, teacher, husband, investment banker, wordsmith, grandfather, risk management expert, composer, linguist, trader, conversationalist, sports fan, philosopher, ethicist, chazzan, wit, lecturer, moral guide, Renaissance man;

Pompeo at State: Strong Friend of Israel, Huge Critic of the Iran Deal

The Iranians are worried about him. The Palestinians already hate him. We’re a bit enthusiastic about him.

The “him” is Mike Pompeo, who Tuesday became President Donald J. Trump’s new Secretary of State, replacing the fired Rex Tillerson.

The outgoing

Another Cost of Yeshiva Day School: Mom’s Career

Last week, on the Facebook group Teaneck/Bergenfield Jewish Moms, which has almost 1,700 members, a single post garnered over 350 comments. Given our deadline it’s possible that another couple hundred have been added since we went to press, but the general point has been made: A heartbreakingly familiar topic was broached, and

Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Delegates Will Do Anything to Attend the AIPAC Policy Conference

Last year, my family was scattered throughout the northeast prior to the AIPAC Policy Conference. My husband went to Washington on a coach bus, as the adviser to over 40 high school students, including our younger daughter, leaving New Jersey on Friday afternoon. I had been planning to drive down after Shabbat but, at the last

Reflecting on Five Years of The Jewish Link

This week’s edition (Issue #222) represents our fifth-anniversary edition of The Jewish Link and, as luck has it, the edition date is the same day in March as was our founding edition. Looking back at that first edition, which almost didn’t happen due to the fact that we finished it 12 hours behind schedule and had to scramble

Unity, Strength Between the US and Israel Make the World Take Notice

The unity of the American Jewish community and its relationship with Israel was on display Monday evening when Vice President Mike Pence addressed the AIPAC Policy Conference at the Washington Convention Center before 18,000 delegates. This is despite the fact that Pence, and especially his boss, Donald Trump, cause a visceral reaction from

‘This Year at the AIPAC Policy Conference’

Last year was my first time at the AIPAC Policy Conference, but AIPAC has been a part of my family for years. My husband is the faculty adviser to the AIPAC club at Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School in Livingston, and for almost a decade we have heard every detail about each year’s conference. And every year I have been inspired to

Join Me in Supporting Yeshivat Noam at Dinner

In this space, I try to write about unique and special local orgs (or people) that are close to our family’s heart, but I haven’t written before about one institution that is particularly close to our family and from which we have benefited tremendously over 

the years. This

Anticipating a Productive AIPAC Policy Conference

On Sunday, more than 18,000 community and student activists from all 50 states will converge on Washington, D.C., to participate in the AIPAC Policy Conference.

The three-day event brings together more than half of the U.S. Senate, about a third of the U.S. House and large numbers of Israeli and American

Remembering Amalek Through the Eyes of a Killer

The horrific tragedy that took the lives of 17 students and teachers last week in Florida, five of them Jewish, has cast a darkness over our entire nation.

Just a week until Purim, facing Parshat Zachor, we see on our screens the hate of Amalek’s pervasive purpose reflected in the eyes of this

Watching the Alcohol This Purim

Joyful observance of Purim is what we do together with family and friends at our seudah table. Giving charity for matanot l’evyonim, hearing the Megilla and giving mishloach manot should give us and others overwhelming joy as well.

We thank Rabbi Larry Rothwachs for sharing his wise words with us

Jews, Half Pipes and Skeletons

Until this week, most of us probably would not have been able to describe the sports relevance of a half pipe. But this week we saw that Arielle Gold’s quest to reach the Olympic podium was more than a pipe dream.

Indeed, the 21-year-old veterinary medicine student from Colorado Springs became the