Monday, October 23, 2017

Editorials

#BDSfail: American BDS Advocates Visit Israel, Take Selfies, Use Amenities

(israellycool) Anti-Israel nincompoops of the day: On Tuesday, November 10, at 11:30 am, Jewish Americans CODEPINK activists, Ariel Gold, of Ithaca, NY, and Ariel Vegosen, of Oakland, CA, unfurled a banner near the Kotel (Western Wall) reading, “American Jews support BDS.” Representing the women’s peace

‘Unliking’ Facebook

On the site that is known for encouraging “Likes,” Facebook is incurring more than its share of dislikes from at least 20,000 Israelis and we’re sure countless more who see the popular social media site as not doing its part to prohibit the incitement of savage Palestinian violence against Jews.

We

A Happy, Meaningful 5776

This Sunday when the sun goes down and we begin the observance of Rosh Hashanah for the year 5776, we face the Almighty together as Jews.

It won’t be an issue of right wing or left. There will be no status given one’s social, economic or even political standing.

Kavod, Above All

This is the month of Elul. It is the time when we as Jews are preparing ourselves for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. In just a few weeks, we’ll be standing in front of Hashem next to our family members, friends and fellow congregants, in deep supplication, asking God, in the Unesaneh Tokef prayer, if tefillah, teshuvah and tzedekah will be

In Memory of Yossi Piamenta z”l

The Jewish Link is saddened by the passing of famed Jewish guitarist and singer Yossi Piamenta. He was 64.

Yossi had performed at thousands of simchas during the course of his illustrious 35-year music career. His songs are recognized by many, and are still played at weddings by Jewish

In Memory of Coby Burstein z”l

Editor’s Note: Oleh Coby Burstein tragically passed away in a traffic accident near Ramat Beit Shemesh. Originally from Monsey, Coby, 25, was a 2007 graduate of The Frisch School, and a Lone Soldier in the IDF along with his two brothers Ariel and Oren, who graduated Frisch in 2009 and 2013. Another brother, Chanan, is a

A Summer Wish: Take Time to Enjoy

Typically in this space, we take on the issues of the world, Israel, nation and our own local Jewish communities. Much of the time, those stories are filled with positive messages such as hope and giving and caring. Sometimes, though, the angst of the community gets mentioned here.

This past school year,

Difficult Moments at RJC: Let’s Give Them Some Space

We want to recognize that this is a difficult time for the rabbi, board and membership of the Riverdale Jewish Center.

Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt has performed incalculable acts of kindness for generations of RJC families. Yet these seem to be the stories that sometimes slip through the cracks of memory.

Don Greenberg’s Hall of Fame Moment

Sandy Koufax’s ERA: 2.76, a Major League MVP pitcher for the Dodgers. Don Greenberg’s GPA: 3.93, a triple major valedictorian for Binghamton University.

Many of us draw Jewish pride from the legendary story of how Koufax refused to pitch the opening game of the 1965 World Series against the Minnesota

Ferguson, Baltimore...Israel?

If we thought from afar that the issue of racial tension is a product of Baltimore, Ferguson, Mo. or other American cities, the conundrum has hit close to home.

Or in this case it’s more accurate to say it’s hit close to homeland.

Last week the State of Israel

Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein; We Miss Him Already

His well-known modesty would probably cause him a slight bit of embarrassment by our words.

On Monday, the Religious Zionist/Modern Orthodox worldwide community lost one of its true gedolim.

Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, 81, died last Monday. He is

Wishes for a Happy Pesach

We know that the discussion of the day within our community often puts the focus on our differences. One person may see himself as a “Modern” Orthodox Jew. Another is loving his newfound Neo-Chassidish inner self. Still others are Yeshivish and see the world in their way.

But we’d like to

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