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Rebbetzin Jungreis’s Visit

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Before there was the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) group and before there was “Students for Justice in Palestine” there was another grave threat to Jews on college campuses that sought to destroy the very essence of Jewish life. It threatened to steal college kids from their own communities, one by one. The...

Not a Standup Guy

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You are not a standup guy if you are sitting down or “taking a knee.”

Now, Colin Kaepernick, you might be doing what President Obama has called your “Constitutional right.” However, your actions have fumbled the word “right.” And with $16 million coming to you as a San Francisco 49er quarterback, a second-string one at that, we hardly wonder why you aren’t a star in this league anymore.

You defy the national anthem and the flag by saying, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way.”

This is a country...

Prayers for Shimon Peres

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As the Jewish Link went to press late Wednesday, Shimon Peres, Israel’s elder statesman, was hanging on to life after suffering a severe stroke on Tuesday. He has been described as being in “serious but stable condition.”

Peres, who served as prime minister and went on to retire as Israel’s ninth president, was the winner of the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize along with the late prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and the late Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat.

The career politician was often considered a voice of reason during Israel’s ongoing conflict with the Palestinians. During his career he was respected by diplomats and foreign leaders from all over the world. Former...

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, z”l

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Last Yom Kippur, the Ribono Shel Olam decreed that one of the world’s most outstanding advocates for hope, forgiveness and return would complete her lifelong mission.

Rabbi Esther Jungreis left us at 80 years old on Tuesday, a matter of days before we enter the Hebrew month of Elul, when we begin the process of selichot, a time of yearning, asking for forgiveness and return.

These very messages that we carry with us the weeks prior to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the lessons that Rebbetzin Jungreis spoke of. She did not bring them to light, however, only at this time of year, but rather throughout the year, in every lecture, speech and article.

Through her writings and...

Entering Uncharted Waters With Teens

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It’s an interesting phenomenon that when a couple has a baby, everyone warns them about the impending sleepless nights, possible colic, bottle versus breastfeeding, appropriate car seats and more. However, not one of those well-meaning friends or relatives ever warns them about what comes next. Not next as in babyfood jars, learning to walk or picking a preschool, but next as in when their child takes those first, running, driving, risk-taking steps into adulthood.

After those adorable babies have grown into cherubic toddlers, precocious preschoolers, gifted gradeschoolers and complicated tweens, they become teenagers. Unfortunately for parents, there is no What to Expect When You...

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