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This Tuesday, Don’t Be a No-Show

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After all the inspiration, not to mention all the shopping, cooking and cleaning (and eating), it’s perhaps difficult to believe that we are on the other side of the Yomim Noraim and the festive days of Sukkot and Simchat Torah.

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last six months, you know that the nation will...

The Days After November 8

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When we write our next editorial for the November 10 Jewish Link, there will likely be a brand-new president-elect of the United States of America.

We know there is always the chance that the election could be disputed, but it is our hope that no matter who wins, that the other candidate gets on the phone, calls and concedes. Our republic is legendary for its nonviolent transfers of power. We don’t see any change to that tradition this year.

Still, we want to talk about November and beyond. Ever since Donald Trump was debating a stage full of competitors including our very own Governor Chris Christie, and Hillary Clinton was dueling with Bernie Sanders, the angst of an 18-month saga...

Again, Words That Incite

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The New York Times has never missed a chance to tell everyone how the United States should work with Israel. No, we shouldn’t be surprised with the newspaper’s editorial board, based on its track record on Israel.

The building of homes in Amona isn’t going to stand in the way of peace between Israel and the Palestinians. We take offense as an American-Jewish people that any news organization would suggest that if the Obama Administration had known about the settlements, it could have used that to rethink its recent 10-year foreign aid bill to Israel.

And to go ahead and suggest that the “best” idea under discussion would be to have the UN Security Council create guidelines for...

From Our Families to Yours: A Sweet, Meaningful New Year

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Eighteen months of a roller-coaster presidential campaign; concerns over terrorism both domestic and abroad; the ongoing story of migrants rushing with urgency away from Syria; the constant vigilance of Israel in terms of security; and, yes, even the Mets’ hopes for a wildcard spot.

All of this and more we leave behind on Sunday evening as we prepare to face Hashem and begin the difficult, urgent work of asking for forgiveness and to be sealed for another year in the Book of Life.

The Yomim Noraim are not meant to be easy. Instead, they are here to offer meaning, clarity and hope for each Jew individually and as a kehilla kedosha.

In this editorial space where we’ve pointed out the...

The Gift of a Lifetime

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My friend and Jewish Link colleague Jenny Gans and I have a few things in common; these are not by a long shot the only reasons we are friends, but these things we have in common bind us together in a special way. First, we are not doctors, yet we both know “more than the average bear” about transplant medicine. Second, we both lost a parent too soon. Third, the end-of-life experiences, me with my father and Jenny with her mother, made us understand that a person has the power to save the life of another, and that it is incumbent upon us to spread this message.

This Rosh Hashanah, I ask you to consider the following connected four thoughts:

First, last week in our pages, you may...

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