Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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Rallying Around Netivot Shalom

The consequences of the RCBC decision regarding the Netivot Shalom shul (“RCBC Draws ‘Boundary Line’ on Woman Rabbis,” Feb. 6, 2019) are embarrassing Rabbi Helfgot, dividing the community and serving as another sterling example of the abuse of rabbinic authority.

Rabbi Pruzansky Is Right

Rabbi Pruzansky said it as it is (“In Defense of the RCBC,” February 14, 2019).

For a shul to be a member of the RCBC, IT MUST COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF THAT ORGANIZATION. If it does not wish to uphold these standards, the organization has the right

Anti-Semitism in America Is Not Sudden or New

The uproar over the venomous emanations of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is certainly warranted, but a broader look at history shows that it is neither a sudden nor unprecedented development.

Anti-Israel, anti-Semitic behavior has actually been brewing for a while

The Risk of Altering Normative Jewish Practices to Sociological Norms

In reply to “Staying True to Normative Orthodox Judaism,” (February 14, 2019) by Levi Langer: Today, the future of normative Orthodox practices is being covertly changed without the foreknowledge and sometimes without even the consent of a synagogue’s membership. This includes, but is not limited to changes to interior seating

With All Due Respect, Please Be Careful!

Dearest Roshei Yeshiva and Rabbinical leaders of our community,

Some background on this author: I spent my year in Israel at a Hesder Yeshiva. I graduated Yeshiva College where though I wasn’t the most consistent attendee, I attended Rabbi Sacks Shiur in the Mazer Yeshiva Program. I was proud of my MYP affiliation and felt at home in Shiur those days

Actions Speak Louder Than Words; Disappointed in the RCBC

We are all one Jewish community and we need to unite and grow stronger together. After Pittsburgh, this message was repeated by our local rabbanim from the pulpit in almost every shul in Bergen County. Now, a mere three months later, the RCBC is threatening to remove one of our local shuls from under the RCBC umbrella

In Defense of the RCBC

Several people have asked: Why did the RCBC create a bylaw that would bifurcate the community? Why not just allow different views to apply?

Here’s the answer: The RCBC reflects traditional Orthodox Judaism, as it says in our mission statement. We have an

Combatting Hateful Rhetoric in Jackson Township and Toms River

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to The Jewish Link in addition to the Jackson Township and Toms River town councils.

It has come to our attention that members of your community have taken it upon themselves to appropriate Holocaust

In Support of RCBC’s ‘Boundary Line’

I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your article on the the RCBC (“RCBC Draws ‘Boundary Line’ on Women Rabbis,” February 6, 2019). In today’s political climate—especially in America—it is of the utmost importance that Orthodox Jews set boundaries of acceptable and unacceptable practices. This is the

RCBC Should Be More Inclusive, Not Divisive

History does not look too kindly on George Wallace.

In recent films, like Selma, he is portrayed as a villain. His history of losing presidential races earned him the nickname “the most influential loser” in American politics.

If the name doesn’t ring a bell,

Missing the Point on RCBC Issue

I am writing in response to your recent editorial, “RCBC Draws Boundary Line on Women Rabbis” (February 6, 2019). In her presentation of the issues surrounding the by-law recently passed by the RCBC with respect to Cong. Netivot Shalom, Elizabeth Kratz, despite what I am sure were good intentions, misses the point.

Let’s Stay United as a Community

This is not an endorsement of female clergy. (“RCBC Draws ‘Boundary Line’ on Women Rabbis,” February 6, 2019.) Reasonable minds can differ about that. This is about: (i) Not restricting rabbinic authority and autonomy. Rabbis should decide what happens within their own shuls; they were selected by their