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Friday, February 21, 2020

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A Spectacular Dirshu World Siyum in Newark

As a lifelong New Jerseyan, I’ve been in the Garden State’s largest city many times, though never for reasons related to Torah study. I was fascinated to discover that Dirshu was going to be celebrating a Siyum Hashas in Newark, and was thrilled The Jewish Link asked me to attend the

Hating Trump Can’t Unite the Democrats

The Democrat presidential primaries have been a long, politically correct apology tour.

Joe Biden was forced to apologize for opposing crime and busing. Bernie Sanders had to offer up mea culpas for ever being on good terms with the NRA and for questioning open borders, Amy Klobuchar had to apologize for

Sit or Stand When Placing the Tefillin Shel Yad

Yalkut Yosef vs. Divrei Shalom Ve’Emet

This is a hotly debated issue! Chacham Yitzhak Yosef (Yalkut Yosef (25:71) notes that “our” custom is for men to place tefillin shel yad while seated. However, Divrei Shalom Ve’Emet (1:41), an important work authored by Rav Shlomo Toledano that defends the

Brachot 49

May these words of Torah serve as a merit le’iluy nishmat Meira Chaya Nechama Beracha a”h bat David Mordechai Sheyichyeh.

Why Do We Long for Israel?

Rav Meir Shapiro, the founder of the daf hayomi, explained our Gemara as teaching about the nature of Jewish love

Brachot 49

May these words of Torah serve as a merit le’iluy nishmat Meira Chaya Nechama Beracha a”h bat David Mordechai Sheyichyeh.

Why Do We Long for Israel?

Rav Meir Shapiro, the founder of the daf hayomi, explained our Gemara as teaching about the nature of Jewish love

Mikdash: A Sanctuary for All

Parshat Mishpatim

Shabbat Shekalim

The special haftarah ordained by Chazal to be read on Shabbat Shekalim, the Shabbat of, or before, Rosh Chodesh Adar, is a selection taken from Sefer Melachim Bet in which we read of the fundraising campaign initiated by King

Nehama Leibowitz: The Early Years

I just came across a very interesting book, “Nehama Leibowitz: Teacher and Bible Scholar.” The author, Yael Unterman, worked on this book for 10 years and it spans 600 pages! It was published by Urim in 2009. It warrants many columns! Here I will limit myself to the story of her early years.

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Teach Our Children to Become Lifelong Readers

Picture books are a very powerful medium for teaching children. Their effectiveness results from the way in which the illustrations, content and emotional experience of reading with someone all intertwine. Children use their world knowledge to create new schema as they use the words on the page and the colorful illustrations to connect with

Joy Rides, or Are They?

We drove to Rochester in frightful conditions. Leaving the northern New Jersey area there was no snow, just patches of dense fog. However, as we got further north towards Albany and above, the roads became more and more treacherous. Blowing snow, whiteouts, black ice. We looked at each other and knew that we had made a bad

A Mother’s Message to Her Sons

Editor’s note: The Distenfeld family is observing the 28th yahrzeit of their mother this Shabbat. Gershon has often thought of his mother’s letter to her sons, that she sent them several weeks before her passing. 

He shares it with us here.

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The Language of Addiction

Last week, an article was published in the Jewish Link about our organization, Communities Confronting Substance Abuse, and, during the interview, I mentioned that Elana, our daughter who suffered from addiction during her college years and is now 25 years old, has been “clean and sober” for the last two years. After the interview, I

My Road to the Path

“Read one chapter per week.” This was the advice my late father-in-law delivered a decade ago as he proclaimed all of life’s answers can be found in the Torah. Unbeknownst to me at the time, Carol’s dad was setting a foundation for me to read the weekly parsha. He was living with us as he battled diabetes including