Monday, January 27, 2020

Editorials

At MetLife Stadium, Jewish World Celebrates the Siyum HaShas

It was an extraordinary and beautiful spectacle to witness the 13th Global Siyum HaShas of Daf Yomi, held on Wednesday, January 1, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Hundreds of community members took the day off to celebrate with shul friends

Kristallnacht Is Not Returning, And Here’s Why

As we recoiled in horror upon hearing of yet another attack on American Jews in a Monsey shul this past motzei Shabbat Chanukah, with a machete this time no less, we were possibly even more shocked to see signs of dawning comprehension in the secular media. 

This year, The Jewish Link and every other

Taking the Chanukah Challenge

There’s a lot happening in our world. Every piece of news, each email, each buzz, ring and notification on our phones is more thought-provoking than the next. It’s enough to make our heads spin. 

But we also know that decompressing with our families is the balm we need to soothe our souls, to get

Mourning With Jersey City

It is with deep sadness that we go to press on Wednesday evening, after a terrible two days for the New Jersey Jewish community. The nightmare in Jersey City has affected us all. But there is one spot of bright light: We acknowledge the heroic, impossible work of our law enforcement. As Jersey City’s small but growing Jewish enclave was

Enjoy Thanksgiving! 

Happy Thanksgiving.

It’s not, strictly speaking, a “Jewish” holiday, but there’s plenty about this last Thursday in November that feels familiar. For many families, it’s definitely still a yom tov. 

For those who celebrate, it can mean a day of cooking

Dangerous Simchas

One of the privileges of serving in rabbanus is the tremendous volume of simchas I am fortunate to attend. To be able to watch children grow and achieve milestones and watch families flourish is a very special zechus.

It also gives me insight into communal trends that are common at simchas, some

Shame on Bernie

If there was ever any reason to react with outrage and urgent concern regarding the radical left wing of the Democratic Party, there is no better time than now.

At the recently held J Street conference, Sen. Bernie Sanders, a

Funding Needed for Canavan Disease Research

In December 2017, The Jewish Link wrote about the Landsman family—parents Jennie and Gary, older brother Mikey, and younger brothers Benny and Josh. When Benny was 6 months old his developmental progress stalled, and after several months of intervention and therapy the family sought the advice of

Let’s Make Service Part of Our Teshuva

We’ve been through a lot together this year.

The pages of The Jewish Link and our online platform have captured our community’s triumphs and, at times, some of its most troubling challenges.

Be it communal responses to a person in need of a kidney transplant,

Hoping for Unity in Israel

After a difficult, albeit inclusive election day in Israel, it is our hope that the nation can come together in a show of unity.

Whether it’s Likud or Blue and White leading the government, the last thing Israel needs to do is weaken itself through divisiveness. Its enemies would love to see the Jewish

Threat Is on the Uptick in Lebanon

With its leader still working to form a clear majority and voter turnout predicted to be low on September 17 in Israel, the last issue the Jewish State and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wanted to have was any sort of engagement with Hezbollah.

Yet after the near miss of an anti-tank projectile aimed

Issues That Unite Us, and People Who Divide Us

We understand that this is a fraught issue. In its entire existence as a state, Israel has permitted critics of every level to tour the country, to meet with government officials and members of Knesset. Many of those same critics have gone on so-called “Israel-warts-and-all” tours, which include meetings with Israeli officials in

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