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The Late Show (In Defense of Late Maariv)

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“Hey! Where do you think you’re


Someone stopped me dead in my tracks as I thought I was making a quick exit.

I was leaving synagogue between Mincha and Maariv, the afternoon and evening prayers, which are often done back-to-back in Orthodox synagogues. Now, the person stopping me was a friend and he was half...

A Simple Solution to Loud Music Problems at Simchas

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“What Your Wedding Band Wishes You Knew,” (The Jewish Link, November 17, 2016) says, “People often say the music is too loud.” The bands or the author go on to excuse this by talking about keeping the crowd moving. But does anyone ever complain that the music is not loud enough? If not, then clearly the crowd does not want to be subjected to such loud music, and the decision should be up to the crowd, not the band.

I suggest that we all do what I did when I hired a band for my son’s wedding. Write a clause into the contract saying that if the person hiring the band wants the volume turned down, the band will do so or not get paid.

Emil M Friedman, PhD

Hillside, NJ

Nina Glick’s ‘Carve a Date’ Article Sends New Faces to Woodworking Shop in Gush

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Meeting lovely people seems to be part and parcel of this wonderful adventure we’re enjoying while setting up our new business at The Workshop Gush Etzion and Mandy Broder Judaica Creations. Nina Glick is one of those people. We met her only once, but have been in touch many times since, mostly due to her desire to help us reach as many people as possible and have them hear about what we’re creating here in Gush Etzion.

Nina recently wrote an article about us called “Carve a Date in Your Next Trip to Israel,” (December 15, 2016), and we’ve already had people enjoy sessions with us after reading it, and have more bookings during winter break at the end of January.

If you know...

Modern Orthodox Jews Must Rally Around Rabbi Berman’s YU Appointment

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Kudos to the editorial staff of The Jewish Link for imploring our community to support Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman, the President-elect of Yeshiva University (“Support for YU’s New President,” November 17, 2016). While much attention has understandably been directed toward the President-elect of the United States these last few weeks, I would argue that for those of us who care deeply about the future of American Jewry, the appointment of Rabbi Dr. Berman is of greater consequence. A new administration in Washington will invariably impact our community positively in some respects and negatively in others but history has taught us that, in the US political realm, change is often...

The Silent Epidemic

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Ever since Donald Trump started campaigning for this election I have been greatly distraught. I have been anxious because it seems to me that the overall Orthodox Jewish community has been utterly blind to the danger and threat Trump has created. I don’t understand how a people who has been persecuted for nearly 5,000 years cannot smell danger when it comes. It troubles me that the people who have been victimized more than any other race or ethnicity are so blind to the threats that are currently posed. But what destroys me the most inside is that the people who have been victims of racism and xenophobia cannot empathize when others are being targeted. How many Jews support a Muslim...

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