Wednesday, September 26, 2018


Mi Yodei’a Yashuv: Sephardic and Ashkenazic Perspectives on the Yamim Noraim

The placement of a comma makes all the difference in the world.  In a classic example, there is a very big difference between “Let’s eat grandma” and “Let’s eat, grandma.” Similarly, the question as to the placement of a comma in the phrase “Mi yodeia yashuv v’nicham haElokim” (Yonah 3:9)

What Does God Expect?

On Yom Kippur, we are privileged to read two haftarot: the first, read during Shacharit, is taken from Sefer Yishayahu, while the second haftarah, read at Mincha, is the entire Sefer Yonah. While the story of Yonah emphasizes Hashem’s capacity to forgive, the selection from the 57th and 58th prakim of

A Summer of Exploration 

For most Jewish day schools, a central component of our mission is to prepare students to engage effectively with the broader world and interact confidently with people whose perspectives may be very different from their own—while maintaining unwavering strength in their individual Jewish identities. How

From the Heart

A few years ago, Chani took our younger children to one of the local Jewish owned shoe stores to buy shoes. The store had a section with slides and climbing toys for children.

Our (then) 5-year-old daughter Chayala was playing on

Reading Chanah Through Other Eyes

Every year we read on Rosh Hashanah about the pain and struggle of infertile women; Sarah faced her challenges and was eventually rewarded with a son, and Chanah had a tremendous journey before having her son. We have all read these stories numerous times and I have written before that they are an

A High Holidays Plea: Listen to Each Other on Israel’s Nation-State Debate

(This article first appeared in JTA.) The High Holidays are approaching. It is a time when Jews worldwide join together in the spirit of camaraderie, pouring out their hearts for a good new year.

But the lead-up this year has been

Orthodox Jewish Teen Becomes First ‘Chopped’ Champion Who Keeps Kosher

A 12-year-old from Staten Island, New York, became the first Orthodox Jew to win the Food Network cooking competition “Chopped” in an episode that aired last week.

Rachel Goldzal, known as Rachi to her friends, who took home

The Jewish Link Chol Hamoed Activity Guide

Chol Hamoed dates: Wednesday, September 26 through Sunday, September 30 

Please enjoy The Jewish Link’s updated guide to help you enjoy Chol Hamoed to its fullest.

New York

Staten Island Fun Park

A Pre-Simchat Torah Message to Parents of Teens

In a few short weeks, Jews all over the world will unite in celebrating the annual completion of the Torah-reading cycle. Communities, families and individuals will participate in a range of communal festivities, including singing, dancing, learning and dining. For many centuries, Simchat Torah, the climax

A ‘Proud Jewish-Amercan,’ Sen. Jeff Klein Seeks Re-Election

On Thursday, September 13, incumbent New York State Senator Jeff Klein faces challenger Alessandra Biaggi in a primary election to determine who will be the Democratic candidate for the 34th senate district in the general election this November. The original date for the primary was set to be

Kosher Food Trucks Pop Up in New Rochelle

Earlier this summer, YINR launched an innovative project to bolster kosher dining options in the community. A frequent question posted on Facebook’s “Great Kosher Restaurant Foodies” group is for recommendations of Westchester County kosher dining options. At the present

Holocaust Survivor’s Prison Tag Remains a Mystery

Several months ago, Helene Kamioner of Riverdale, New York, received an unexpected email from Esther Gold, a relative living in Detroit, stating that Yad Vashem had contacted her about a prisoner identification tag that had been traced back to Helene’s father, Yechiel

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