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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

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Fighting Back Against Anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitism is well defined by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance as “a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and

Representing Widow Of the Jersey City Shooting

When I reflect on December 10, 2019, I think about Douglas Miguel Rodriguez Barzola. I wonder how he started his day, if he noticed anything different on his way to work at JC Kosher Supermarket in Jersey City. As a father, I imagine thoughts of family were on his mind—of his wife, Martha, and his 11-year-old

Thank You Glicks

In the issue of December 12, 2019, Rabbi Mordechai and Nina Glick wrote an article on “Lessons Learned From Mr. Rogers.” Despite the benign title of the article, this piece was powerful and gutsy. The authors describe the rejection of a niece by a family because she chose a gay lifestyle. As the article states, “Where is the sanity in

Highland Park Must Condemn Anti-Semitism

Dear Editor:

Anti-Semitism is well defined by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s as 

a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of

Mourning the Victims of Jersey City

I am mourning Leah Minda Ferencz, Moshe Deutsch and all other victims of the horrific terrorist attack in Jersey City. Make no mistake: they were targeted for being Jewish. Anti-Semitism is a cancer on the world and it must be stamped out wherever it rears its ugly head. This poisonous hate can never and will never be

Speak With Love, Not Fear

In “A Response to ‘The First Modern Orthodox Jew: Two Models’” (December 5, 2019), and “The First Modern Orthodox Jew: Two Models” (November 21, 2019), it behooves me to first state that I am neither a rabbi nor a member of any rabbinical organization. I am neither the bearer of any advanced degree in any

Vive la France!

It’s disappointing that The Jewish Link editors felt they have had to hide their Francophile natures (“Tipping Our Berets to France’s National Assembly,” December 5, 2019). My wife and I have been enjoying France for decades without concerns for “acceptability.” Sure, people would say “France is full of

Shabbat Is More Than a Tech Break

Thank you for a wonderful newspaper that connects us to each other and the larger community. It’s beautiful that teenagers are behind the initiative to get their peers to make Shabbat more serious and meaningful (“iKeep: Solving the Teen ‘Half-Shabbos’ Epidemic,” Dec. 11, 2019), and it’s wonderful that

Wake Up Highland Park Borough Council!

In the face of an alarming increase in anti-Semitic and anti-Israel feeling worldwide, many governing entities have belatedly recognized the problem and are starting to address it. Recent reports in the JLNJ, “French Parliament Passes Resolution That States Anti-Zionism is Anti-Semitism” (December 5), “Trump to Sign

Understanding Our Heritage To Fight Anti-Semitism

I believe that the Jewish people have throughout our long history identified as a unified culture in opposition to and in conflict with powerful tyrannies. The result has been suspicion, hostility, isolation and abuse (anti-Semitism)! This animus has been conditioned into the collective psyche of the nations for four millennia.

More on Hebrew

I looked forward to responses to my articles in The Jewish Link (“On Hebrew,” December 5, 2019 and “The Ashke-Sefard Dilemma,” November 27, 2019). Thoughtful reflection from those involved in day school education are welcomed. Honest differences of opinion exist on a wide range of topics. However, ad hominem

The Crisis Is Not Over

Moishe (Mark) Bane, the president of the Orthodox Union, in a recent article in their Jewish Action magazine, wrote, “Orthodox Lite families do not seek to reject Torah and halacha but, at the same time, they take a relatively lax approach to religious observance. Orthodox Lite promotes a more casual relationship to religion, with lowered

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