Thursday, May 23, 2019


God’s Justice

Shabbat HaGadol/Parshat Metzora

Over the years, we have struggled to understand why this selection from the navi Malachi, the very final words of the last prophet of Israel, was chosen to be read on the Shabbat before Pesach. A simple reading of the text reveals to us that the chosen perek

Ma Nishtana: The Three Questions

The Mishnah in the 10th chapter of Pesacḥim includes a set of Ma Nishtana. If one opens a standard Babylonian Talmud (Pesacḥim 116a), one sees four questions in the text of the Mishnah (matzah, maror, roast and dipping). But if one opens a standard Jerusalem Talmud, one sees three questions (dipping, matzah and roast). Is this

Shevi and Rabbi Yudin, We Love You

Editor’s note: The below was written originally on Facebook in honor of the Yudins’ fifty years of service to Fair Lawn’s Congregation Shomrei Torah.

Get out the tissues.

The only decision that God lets you base completely on emotions is your choice of

Continuing Miracles and Beauty

We are amazed by the fact that we celebrated the bris of our 13th great-grandchild this past Shabbat in Chicago. It is almost as difficult to write those words as it is to tell anyone that we have all of these beautiful great-grandchildren. Why would anyone think that such a z’chut is difficult to say? Somehow the connotation of

Pesach Is Coming: Are You Ready?

As I walked out of my house on my way to work the other day, I met some neighbors waiting for their children’s school buses. As is usual at this time of year, the conversation turned to where everyone was in her Pesach preparations.

I never understood the need to compare notes or brag. Why would it

A New Kind of Haggadah

One of the main reasons we are commanded to partake in the Seder is to make sure children stay interested. Are you looking for a different kind of Haggadah that will keep the family interested? The Philatelic Passover Haggadah may be what you are seeking.

Whether or not you are a

Maxwell House and Amazon Debut ‘Midge’s Haggadah’

The original Maxwell House Haggadah has gotten a “marvelous” makeover. Just in time for Passover 2019, the coffee brand, owned by Kraft Heinz, partnered with online retailer Amazon to create a new version of the traditional seder staple.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel seder manual, billed as

Behind Every Property There Is a Story

World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) launches social media campaign: #MyPropertyStory.

(Courtesy of WJRO) In preparation for Holocaust Memorial Day (Yom HaShoah), the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) is launching a month-long social media

AIPAC and the Gorilla in the Room

It’s been two weeks since the AIPAC Policy Conference, but I still can’t get the uneasy feeling out of my mind. Keep in mind that AIPAC is my favorite conference. Period.

I’ve seen over the years the critical importance of the Israel-American connection. And I’ve learned a great deal at

Fear and Panic


Throughout April, May and June 1940, the Nazis continued their drive to dominate Europe by conquering Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg and France. As Saul Friedlander noted, the stunning Nazi victories caused panic in the U.S. and fear that an invasion of the Western hemisphere

The First of Nisan, the Forgotten Jewish New Year

Part II
(continued from last week)

In an article on the Seder al-Tahwid liturgy, liturgical scholar Ezra Fleischer postulates that the Kiddush ceremony on the holiday was based on an earlier Mishnaic-era institution. The Mishnah in Rosh Hashanah 2:7 describes how the Sanhedrin, the high

JLNJ Contributor Sarah Abenaim Releases Book of ‘Momoirs’

On April 5, Jewish Link writer Sarah Abenaim announced the release of her first book, “Imperfection: A Momoir,” a collection of 36 essays, some of which have appeared in The Jewish Link, as well as a lot of newer material.

Readers are given a glimpse of the life of a mother that