Saturday, December 16, 2017


Confessionals Should Be Used for Personal Growth

There was one crucial stone left unturned in Elizabeth Kratz’s resonant and comprehensive “Don’t Guard Your Tongue? TMI and the Confessional Personal Essay” (October 19, 2017): it’s so easy for us to get caught up in thoughts of “How can this author share such private information?” that we

Eruv Article Didn’t Mention Rabbi Marder and the Hebrew Institute of White Plains

We are writing in our capacity as co-presidents of the Hebrew Institute of White Plains to both thank you for including an article about the recently completed White Plains/Scarsdale eruv expansion (“Expanded Eruv Unites Scarsdale and White Plains,” August 31, 2017) and also to request that you issue

Rabbi Greenberg’s Name Was Missing From the Eruv Article

Regarding your August 31 story, “Expanded Eruv Unites Scarsdale and White Plains,” Rabbi Shmuel Greenberg has been and continues to be the halachic authority for the White Plains eruv. Rabbi Haim Jachter supervised and maintains the new extension to the eruv.

Opening My Eyes to Your Generosity

Editor’s note: The following letter from Lesley Lipsitz was sent to us for publication by Elchanan Dulitz, who reported that the funding required by the family for Josh Lipsitz’s

Download the App and ‘Stand Still’ With Our Israeli Brethren

One of my Israeli cousins, Karen Shaham Palman, developed a new app called Standing Still, which allows people to experience and respect the sirens that, twice a year, bring an entire country to a stop for a few minutes. No matter where on the globe you are, it will sound each year on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, and Yom

Joint Statement on Jewish Cemetery Desecrations Issued

The Hebrew Free Burial Association (HFBA) and the Community Alliance for Jewish-Affiliated Cemeteries (CAJAC) strongly condemn the recent shocking acts of anti-Semitism committed against Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in Missouri and Mount Carmel Cemetery in Philadelphia. These hate crimes, as well as all acts of desecration against Jewish

Rye City Councilwoman Julie Killian Condemns JCC Threats

I strongly condemn the threats made today against two Jewish Community Centers in Westchester County, as well as others across the country.

These are cowardly acts that cannot and will not be tolerated in our communities. Jewish Community Centers do great work and provide invaluable services to local

Choice in Education Helps Hold Educators Accountable to Parents

We have been informed by those who have been working on school vouchers for many years that they have finally succeeded in having a bill sponsored in Congress that can serve as a model and trailblazer for all 50 states. Although the bill only provides school vouchers in the District of Columbia, which comes directly under the jurisdiction

The OU’s Silence Regarding President Trump’s Holocaust Statement Is Worrisome

The Orthodox Union’s silence on the White House’s deliberate omission of the Jewish people’s unique persecution during the Holocaust is incredibly unsettling.

This is not the first time the OU has shied away from critiquing the Trump administration. David Friedman, Trump’s choice to be the

Obama’s Antagonistic Anti-Israel Moves Continue to the End

If there was ever a reason to defend former President Barack Obama's record on Israel, then there is also every reason to feel betrayed.

Indeed, Obama proved his mettle when just hours before the swearing in of Donald Trump as this nation’s 45th president, Obama was secretly having his

The Late Show (In Defense of Late Maariv)

“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

A Simple Solution to Loud Music Problems at Simchas

“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

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