Wednesday, October 23, 2019


Winning Smile

Today I have some exciting news from the field of pet orthodontia. And yes, pet orthodontia is apparently a field, but it’s making nobody’s mother proud.

Apparently, according to a recent news article, there’s a fish in Pennsylvania who just got braces. The goldfish, who lives in

‘The Lehman Trilogy’ Shines as an Epic and Cautionary Tale

“The Lehman Trilogy” closed at the Park Avenue Armory on April 20. This acclaimed European play by Stefano Massini, a renowned Italian educated in a Jewish school, was adapted by Ben Power for the National Theatre. In July 2018, this awestruck author sat through three-plus hours of a London preview, as she did during the Armory’s New

Why Is Ilhan Omar’s Islamophobia Dodge Working?

An anti-Semite victimhood claim is based on a myth about a post-9/11 backlash that never happened.

Imagine if there was a member of Congress who openly supported an anti-Semitic movement,

Chol Hamoed Travel Guide Chol Hamoed dates: Monday, April 22, through Thursday, April 25 Please enjoy The Jewish Link’s updated guide to help you enjoy Chol Hamoed to its fullest

New Jersey

Turtle Back Zoo

See animals from all over the world, including giraffes, kangaroos, penguins, Komodo dragons, ostriches, bald eagles and sea lions. Included in the price of admission is a dinosaur-themed playground, and other attractions include pony

You Are Enough Just as You Are

March 28, 2019, was Ivy Day, the day that Ivy League schools announced their acceptances and rejections for the 2019-20 academic year. As an elementary school head, I was not aware of that. But someone shared a letter with me last week, written by Aviva Walls, dean of academic affairs and college counseling

Are Ashkenazic Jews Permitted to Have Soft Matzah on Pesach?

The Question:

I recall hearing for the first time the exciting news that my beloved rav, Rav Hershel Schachter, rules that it is permissible for Ashkenazic Jews to use soft matzah made by Yemenite Jews on Pesach.

Seder Surprises

Are we telling that same story…again? The Seder is supposed to be the quintessential experiential program—the re-living of Yetziat Mitzrayim. But let’s be honest, the story is the same as it was last year. It hasn’t changed. So the fifth question of the night becomes how to take a rerun and

Celebrate Spring at the Riverdale Y

Celebrate spring with David Humphrey’s exhibit “Art in Bloom,” at Gallery 18 at the Riverdale Y through April 30. The community is cordially invited to the opening reception on Sunday, April 7, from 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Chabad of Yonkers Celebrates ‘Purim at the Stadium’

Purim this year was celebrated at the Greystone Jewish Center/Chabad of Yonkers with a sports-themed Purim party on Thursday, March 21. Rabbi Mendy Hurwitz; his wife, Rebbetzin Chanie Hurwitz; and their family and friends served a lavish “Purim at the Stadium” banquet

Bnei Akiva Scarsdale Packs Mishloach Manot for the Poor

(Courtesy of Bnei Akiva) In anticipation of Purim, Bnei Akiva Scarsdale and 30 children from the Young Israel of Scarsdale community took part in a mishloach manot packaging chesed event. Participants ranged in age from first through ninth grade, and packed hamentashen, drinks, chocolates and

My AIPAC Experience and My Two Identities

One of the most common questions I’m asked when meeting new people during my stay in America is, “Why did you choose to do this? Why postpone your army service for a whole year, and come here to teach about Israel?” 

How Do We Know Anything About the Holocaust? 

As Michael Shermer and I noted in our book “Denying History: Who Says the Holocaust Never Happened, and Why Do They Say It?” we know the past through a convergence of evidence. When describing the history of the universe, cosmologists employ evidence from astronomy, astrophysics, planetary geology and

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