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Building a Voice for Orthodoxy on Social Media

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The Jewish community has gone through a number of stages in the way it communicates with the outside world, and as much of the world has gone digital, so have many Orthodox Jews who maintain a strong fealty to halacha. However, the social media voice of Orthodox Jewry has been somewhat slower to develop, with multiple...

Welcome to Our New Literary Link

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We are proud to bring to our readers and advertisers a new “chapter” within the pages of the Jewish Link. This week, with Chanukah approaching, we bring you our Literary Link (beginning on page 36) filled with book reviews, selection summaries, informative advertisements and pretty much a volume of information for good reads, books for learning, cookbooks and a few just to curl up with through these early and long winter nights.

We’d like to thank the publishers who advertised their new and up-and-coming publications in this edition and we encourage you to consider their new releases for Chanukah gifts or any time of the year.

With the changing seasons in mind, like many families...

What It Means to Have an Education Secretary Who Backs School Choice

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The Orthodox Union has backed the Donald Trump administration’s choice of Elisabeth “Betsy” DeVos as its education secretary, and we think it’s an important appointment as well. (See our cover story on this by Phil Jacobs, which jumps to page 25.)

Mrs. DeVos, from Michigan, and a political ally of Vice President-elect Mike Pence, has a track record in her home state of working on the issue of funding for schools of choice and is a huge proponent of school vouchers. One of her goals has always been to relieve the financial burden on families who send their children to religious schools.

She is also extremely familiar with the needs of Orthodox day school and yeshiva families...

Support for YU’s New President

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Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman, who will succeed Richard Joel as Yeshiva University’s fifth president, is stepping into a role as vaunted as the institution he will represent.

The flagship institution of Modern Orthodoxy, a university with thousands of students, alumni, musmachim and friends among our readership base, has faced several challenges over the last decade. However, Rabbi Berman bring with him deep connections, intimate knowledge of the school’s inner workings and a rare sensitivity and understanding of world Jewry and specifically Modern Orthodoxy.

It was our pleasure to interview Rabbi Berman by phone as the news of his appointment broke, and we were heartened by his fresh...

Facing the New Reality

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An important groundbreaking conference took place earlier this week in Fort Lee.

Called “From Anti-Zionism to Anti-Semitism: Preparing High School Students for the New Reality,” attracted over 200 Jewish educators from some 85 Jewish schools all over the United States and Canada.

The November 14-15 conference was sponsored by the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University and the Avi Chai Foundation. In two days of non-sugarcoated speeches, panel discussions and small-group workshops, educators, Jewish scholars and analysts discussed the new normal on college campuses, anti-Semitism that tries to hide behind anti-Israel rhetoric.

Educators were given real tools to...

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