Wednesday, August 12, 2020


This Is a Time for Both/And

At challenging times, wisdom often emerges from unlikely places.

During this period, one of those voices of wisdom has been Soviet Jewry legend Natan Sharansky. Sharansky, possibly the most famous Soviet refusenik, spent nine years in prison, much of that in isolation, for applying for an exit visa to

Rabbi Hershel Schachter, Shlita, Issues Piskei Halacha On Coronavirus Issues

Over the last two weeks, Rabbi Hershel Schachter, rosh yeshiva at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University, where he has been teaching for the past 50 years, has been asked multiple complex halachic questions. As a result, he has issued at least 10 public piskei halacha (Jewish law decisions) in relation to the

Living a Plague

In just over a week we will seclude ourselves during the Yom Tov of Pesach. We are already preparing your Jewish Link Pesach edition and hope it will be of some comfort during the long afternoons in isolation. 

The fortunate ones among us will share the Seder table with close family members; those who

The Shared Hell of WWII Changed Britain for the Better;  Coronavirus Will Do the Same

When this bleak time is over, when schools and pubs and theaters reopen, when we no longer need fear the warmth of a handshake or the closeness of friends, will life simply return to normal or will something within us have changed? Will we look at community, society and humanity differently? Will something good emerge from all this anxiety

How Is This Pesach Different From All Other Pesachs?

The weeks after Purim are usually filled with anticipation and planning. The cleaning begins, whether you take part in a full spring cleaning of your home or a thorough cleaning of the chametz alone. Excitement builds as kids make haggadahs in school, teachers think of divrei Torah to fill your Seder table and your favorite Pesach treats

WZC US Elections Reveal ‘Tectonic Shift’

Based on initial reports released this week, groups promoting observant religious practices in Israel will have a much larger role in the American delegation to the 2020 World Zionist Congress for the first time. This indicates a profound shift from five years ago, when liberal groups won a supermajority of

A Book of Walls

Megillat Esther is a book of walls.

It is about the walls around a city and the walls around a person.

It is about walls that protect and walls that enclose; walls that bind together and walls that separate.

It is about walls that

Stamford Represents at AIPAC 2020

The annual AIPAC Policy Conference was held this year from March 1-3, and the Stamford Jewish community was out in full force, proudly standing with the more than 18,000 delegates in support of Israel and the US-Israel relationship.

Rabbi Daniel Cohen of Congregation Agudath Sholom led a

Chabad Women’s Circle Teaches Art of Hamentashen Baking

Making tasty, delicious and well-formed three-cornered pastries is easy, at least it is when the instructor is experienced. On March 2, the Chabad of Yonkers Women’s Circle organized a program to teach women and girls how to make hamentashen. All necessary materials were provided by Rebbetzin Chanie Hurwitz, who

Chabad of Yonkers Celebrates Purim Amid COVID-19 Crisis

This year’s Purim celebration at the Chabad of Yonkers minimized contact between people due to concerns about coronavirus and social distancing. Those entering the synagogue on Purim day were greeted with a large bottle of hand sanitizer next to a donation box into which the fee for the event was placed, again to

YINR Celebrates Purim With a Virtual Party

On Monday night, March 9, as the Young Israel of New Rochelle stood dark and vacant, YINR families celebrated Purim in the confines of their own homes with a virtual party hosted by Dov Katz of Krohma and OnKore Music.

On the heels of last year’s extremely popular Purim party, the

Race, Religion and Art in Nissim Black’s ‘Mothaland Bounce’

“This is the first rap that I have actually enjoyed,” wrote Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Mordechai Becher. “That alone is an incredible accomplishment for Nissim Black.”

Rabbi Becher was referring to

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