Thursday, May 23, 2019


And You Shall Tell Your Son

The need for continuous and inspired parent-child dialogue is about as deep a Jewish value as you will find. For millennia, we have used such communication as a means of inculcating within our offspring a deep sense of religious connection and understanding, while also keeping them focused on proper behaviors and values. In fact,

Chol Hamoed Travel Guide Chol Hamoed dates: Monday, April 22, through Thursday, April 25 Please enjoy The Jewish Link’s updated guide to help you enjoy Chol Hamoed to its fullest.

New Jersey

Turtle Back Zoo

See animals from all over the world, including giraffes, kangaroos, penguins, Komodo dragons, ostriches, bald eagles and sea lions. Included in the price of admission is a dinosaur-themed playground, and other attractions

One Hour by Air and Six Hours by Car

Anyone who has ever read any of our columns or spoken with us knows how much we love Montreal and the wonderful life that we had there. Yet the recent current events in Quebec scare us into imagining that the fear of anti-Semitism, and other attitudes, are really not that far away from any of us.

Sacred Training

It can be said that all of Jewish education is in essence sacred training inasmuch as we are preparing our children for a life of Jewish practice imbued with Jewish values. Many occupations require specialized training, and today it is not as hard as it once was to find a job that will accommodate Shabbat and Yom Tov days off. The

Hand in Hand Offers Children a Glimpse of the Holocaust

“Hand In Hand,” a picture book published by Apples & Honey Press, written by Andria Rosenbaum with illustrations by Maya Shleifer, tells the story of Ruthi and Leib: young sibling bunnies who live with their mother until one day she disappears. From there the siblings go to an orphanage where a tale of

The Lost Library of Vilna

Reviewing: “The Lost Library: The Legacy of Vilna’s Strashun Library in the Aftermath of the Holocaust” by Dan Rabinowitz. The Tauber Institute Series for the Study of European Jewry. Brandeis, 2018. Paperback: 296 pages. English. ISBN-13: 978-1512603095.

In the

The First of Nisan, the Forgotten Jewish New Year

Part 3

(continued from last week)

In an April 20, 1906, article for the English Jewish Chronicle, Herbert Loewe provides an eyewitness account of an Al-Tawhid ceremony in the fashionable Abbasiya neighborhood of Cairo. Two years later, a more detailed

In Memory of Chazan Robert Frankel, z”l

Part 5

(continued from last week)

He was moser nefesh (devoted) at the amud. On a particularly hot day, I once asked him what he did before the shul had air conditioning. “I had three black suits,” he said. “When I came home Friday night, every

Testing Your Smart Thermostat’s Shabbat IQ

Part II

Last time, we discussed the Honeywell Total Connect Comfort Smart thermostat, which does not pose any Shabbat issues, and contrasted it to the series of thermostats by Ecobee that have several. One reason to consider an Ecobee thermostat is for the way they use remote

Hide and Go Sleep

The grass is always greener, isn’t it?

When I was a kid, I always wondered how the whole children-hiding-the-afikoman minhag is even fair. The father knows every corner of the house, there’s nowhere he can’t reach and he was a kid once. Plus, he had the afikoman to begin with. How did he

Afikoman Antics

With the Passover seder comes a wonderful tradition involving the hiding and finding of the Afikoman. It is the Jewish version of hide-and-go-seek, a fun game designed to keep the youngsters engaged in the seder evening’s activities. Finding the Afikoman does not mean you will automatically have a life full of joy and happiness

My Sweet Memories of Zachary Baumel, H”YD

We finally understand why Chazal composed the fourth bracha of Birkat HaMazon, “HaTov V’hameitiv,” in an expression of profound gratitude to Hashem for facilitating the burial of those who died at Beitar in the wake of the Bar Kochba rebellion (Brachot 49b). It seemed odd to express such a deep sense of thanksgiving for