Wednesday, November 20, 2019

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The Measles Outbreak Is a Chillul Hashem on Multiple Levels

Jews were always known to be the most literate and wise people in their host societies; the God-given intellectual abilities of the Jew mirror the exceedingly advanced character of his religion. The measles outbreak in Rockland County (and Brooklyn, and other Orthodox areas) challenges this all. In defiance of proven

Support the Democratic Party? No Way

I wish to respond to letter-writer Earl Sandor, whose numerous pro-Hillary Clinton/Democratic Party/anti-Trump views have appeared in The Jewish Link on various occasions (“Democrats’ Shame Is Nothing Compared to Trump,” March 20, 2019). For any Jew, religious or not, affiliated or not, Zionist or not, etc., to side

Human Trafficking Awareness

My name is Nicole Gruenzweig, and my name is Pnina Lerman. We live in Staten Island but we go to a Modern Orthodox yeshiva called Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School in Livingston. In school, we have the privilege to take a sociology class with our fantastic teacher Rabbi Richard Kirsch. In class we often discuss serious and

A Byline by Rav Soloveitchik in The Jewish Link

I was surprised to see a Jewish Link piece with a byline from Rav Soloveitchik z”tl (A New Transcription: Surrendering to the Almighty,” March 14, 2019). Of course, the Rav’s words are always illuminating, interesting and impactful. His teachings necessarily inspire and educate all of us, and we are so fortunate to

Context of the Rav Soloveitchik Transcription

Thank you for publishing (March 14, 2019) “A New Transcription: Surrendering to the Almighty,” by my rebbe, Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik, zt”l. I had the privilege of studying in the Rav’s shiur from 1969 to 1973.

This article is a powerful

Democrats’ Shame is Nothing Compared to Trump

Your recent editorial “The Democratic Party’s Shame” (March 14, 2019) promulgated a false narrative. A review of the facts is in order. The response to the antisemitic tropes of Reps Omar and Tlaib, of a Jewish financial conspiracy and dual loyalty, was met with an immediate and forceful denunciation by the entire Democratic

Just Say No to Jaywalking

Last Sunday I did something I’m not proud of. I crossed the street after looking both ways. What I neglected to mention is that I did not cross at a traffic light or a crosswalk. Another tidbit I left out is that this street was Cedar Lane in Teaneck on a Sunday morning three weeks before Purim. I cringe further to inform you that I had

‘Jump Into Shape’ Is a Great Workout

I have ready many articles in your paper about jumping rope and Jump Into Shape (see ad on page 123). I will say that after jumping in the class for about two months, it is a great 35-minute workout with almost no equipment. In 35 minutes I burn the same or more calories than an hour-long cardio/strength workout. I have

Collaboration Is Key to Accommodating All Students

The writer of “Is Israel Yeshiva Overcrowding a Drawback of Communal Growth?” (March 7, 2019) wrote about a challenging issue. In a recent Jewish Link article, Rabbi Larry Rothwachs wrote about a similar issue affecting families of eighth graders whose children are applying to yeshiva high schools (“The High School Admissions Process:

Kavod HaRav Is Not the Issue

Lance Friedman responds (“Letter Commenting on Rabbis’ Views Should Show Kavod,” February 28, 2019) to my letter (“Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover, Indeed,”) in the Feb 7, 2019 issue of JLNJ by doing exactly what he accuses me of, a personal attack. I was quite explicit in stating my respect and admiration for Rabbi Jachter.

Letter Commenting on Rabbis’ Views Should Show Kavod

I am writing in response to a letter you published in the February 7 edition submitted by Robert Friedman regarding “Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover...” In your note for personal letters, it specifically states “We do not welcome personal attacks.” How would you categorize Mr. Friedman’s letter as anything but an attack on Rabbi

Salute to the RCBC

It is wonderful to read that the RCBC is supporting Torah law and maintaining our mesorah with regard to female clergy (“RCBC Draws Boundary Line on Women Rabbis,” February 6, 2019). I am a baalat teshuva. I came to be a Torah observant Jew because I believed that mitzvot observance not only makes me a better person, but also allows me