jlink
Sunday, August 25, 2019

The Jewish Link welcomes letters to the editor, which can be emailed to [email protected]
Letters may be edited for length, clarity and appropriateness. We do not welcome personal attacks or disrespectful language, and replies to letters through our website comment feed will not be posted online. We reserve the right to not print any letter.

Letters

Lessons Learned From Rav Ozer Glickman, z”l

Dr. Ari Friedman penned a touching tribute to Rav Ozer Glickman, z”l, last week (“Rabbi Ozer Glickman, z”l: Loss, Lessons and Tu B’Av,” August 15, 2019). Dr. Friedman shared some of the benefits he gleaned from the rav-talmid relationship he had with Rav Ozer. Some of us who knew Rav Ozer had the benefit of his greatness in

Why Moshiach Has Not Come: A Misguided Advertisement

I, like so many in our community, enjoy reading The Jewish Link. I appreciate the interesting articles and attractive advertisements. I also enjoy watching my children’s delight as they search for pictures of themselves and their friends in the school/camp section featured toward the end of the paper.

Hiring Nannies

As the summer comes to a close, many families in our community are looking for new childcare arrangements for the upcoming year. I understand well the pressures of hiring a nanny on short notice, and how essential nannies are to families with two working parents. But this past year my family had a devastating experience

We Are Becoming Too Diverse

As I was reading through Rabbi Muskat’s fine article (“Modern Orthodoxy’s Relationship With the Charedi and Open Orthodox Communities,” August 8, 2019) it struck me that I just learned yet another Jewish adjective: “Open Orthodox”—I could decipher some meaning from the context—but underlying it all, it introduced what to me

Missing the Point on Marijuana

I was dismayed and horrified to read Bertha Massoffi’s letter to the editor last week (“Missing the Point on Marijuana,” August 1, 2019) in which she posits that legalizing recreational marijuana is what is best for us as a society. Ironically, she refers to a book authored by a former “New York Times”

We Need to Rethink the Second Amendment

I believe that our country should closely examine the firearms policy of Israel. Several other nations have a similar approach.

I urge all readers to research this. We are in the midst of a tragic epidemic of violence that has festered for many

What About Fair Lawn?

Living in the neighboring town to Dati-neck (“DATI-neck’: A History of Orthodox Teaneck,” Aug. 1, 2019) of Fair Lawn for the past 36 years, I have seen the amazing growth of the Orthodox community. Very similar to Teaneck, there were few, if any, Orthodox Jews in Fair Lawn. Approximately 50 years ago, Jews living in

A Time for Mourning

We are in a period of mourning both as Jews and Americans. As Jews, we lament the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash which enabled us to be close to our Creator, worship Him, obey His laws, and live in a society based entirely on Torah principles. The loss of this special connection deprived us of our spiritual moorings, exiling us, which

The Nine Days and Shidduchim

I’m a parent, a grandparent, and a single Orthodox mom who is strongly rooted in both the Jewish and secular worlds. This means that in some respects I stand at the periphery of the Orthodox world, which is not always a bad thing. It allows me to stand back and try to assess some of the things I see in my own community, compare it with

Comparing Southern Border to Nazi Camps Is Absurd

I was very disappointed in the letter by Murray Sragow, wherein he claims that comparisons to detention camps on the southern border do not trivialize the Holocaust (“Not Trivializing the Holocaust,” July 25, 2019). He further says that “they are simply attempting to learn a lesson from the Holocaust.” Exactly

Distorting History

Mr. Sragow’s response to the article “Detention Centers on Southern Border Are Most Definitively Not Concentration Camps” misses the point (“Not Trivializing the Holocaust,” July 25, 2019). Using the term concentration camps is designed to equate the detention centers with Nazi camps. Few people know or care

Memories of New Miford

I enjoyed reading “Memories of New Milford’s Once-Thriving Jewish Community,” (July 25, 2019). My family moved to New Milford in the summer of 1956 and were members of the New Milford Jewish Center up until my mother’s passing in December 2017. My mother served on the board and participated in the players’