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Kavod, Above All

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This is the month of Elul. It is the time when we as Jews are preparing ourselves for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. In just a few weeks, we’ll be standing in front of Hashem next to our family members, friends and fellow congregants, in deep supplication, asking God, in the Unesaneh Tokef prayer, if tefillah, teshuvah and...

In Memory of Yossi Piamenta z”l

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The Jewish Link is saddened by the passing of famed Jewish guitarist and singer Yossi Piamenta. He was 64.

Yossi had performed at thousands of simchas during the course of his illustrious 35-year music career. His songs are recognized by many, and are still played at weddings by Jewish performers across the world. Prior to his death on Sunday, he had been battling a debilitating illness for more than a year, as fans the world over continued to pray for his recovery.

Piamenta was born in Jerusalem in 1951, and in 1962 moved with his family to Tel Aviv. In the 1970s, he moved to New York with his brother, Avi Piamenta, where he remained for over 20 years before returning to Israel to...

In Memory of Coby Burstein z”l

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Editor’s Note: Oleh Coby Burstein tragically passed away in a traffic accident near Ramat Beit Shemesh. Originally from Monsey, Coby, 25, was a 2007 graduate of The Frisch School, and a Lone Soldier in the IDF along with his two brothers Ariel and Oren, who graduated Frisch in 2009 and 2013. Another brother, Chanan, is a current student at Frisch. Coby is also survived by his wife Yael (Citroen), a former SAR Fellow, and his parents, Joel and Susan Burstein. Coby was a member of the Sayeret Givati Brigade.

 

In this world there are dreams and there are dreamers. But then there are dreamers who don’t let their dreams stay dreams. Last night we tragically lost one such individual...

A Summer Wish: Take Time to Enjoy

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Typically in this space, we take on the issues of the world, Israel, nation and our own local Jewish communities. Much of the time, those stories are filled with positive messages such as hope and giving and caring. Sometimes, though, the angst of the community gets mentioned here.

This past school year, students, parents, faculty and school administrators spent many an early morning wondering whether or not the frigid temperatures, icy roads and snow was reason to keep schools closed yet another day. Jokingly, one rabbi told us that he never saw so much kavanah come from the davening of his students on a day when snow was forecast.

We know that our Israel- and college-bound seniors...

Difficult Moments at RJC: Let’s Give Them Some Space

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We want to recognize that this is a difficult time for the rabbi, board and membership of the Riverdale Jewish Center.

Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt has performed incalculable acts of kindness for generations of RJC families. Yet these seem to be the stories that sometimes slip through the cracks of memory. At the same time, it is important that we validate the sensitivities of those who feel the rabbi crossed over boundaries, perhaps triggering differing levels of discomfort among some in the RJC membership.

While the Bronx District Attorney’s Office has made itself available to those who feel the need to issue a complaint, we must remind everyone that up until press time (Wednesday...

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