Saturday, October 21, 2017


The Jewish Link Chol Hamoed Activity Guide

Chol Hamoed Activity Guide

Chol Hamoed dates: Sunday, October 8-Wednesday, October 11

Back on Tracks

In our home, we take the custom of eating challah with honey during this time of year very seriously. If having honey is symbolic to having a sweet new year, we aren’t taking any chances of abrogating that symbolism.

Character Ambition

Rabbi Tully Harcsztark delivers a teshuvah drasha to SAR HS before Yom Kippur.

Here’s how it happened: I had already been up for over an

The Jewish Community and Drug Addiction: Al Cheit for Not Listening, Not Learning and Not Acting

This week, our community joined too many others who have confronted the impossible task of saying goodbye to a young person stolen from this world, robbed from us by the dreaded illness of addiction. In her 23 years on earth, Miriam made an indelible impression on so many who already miss her terribly.

Hesped for Miriam Orlan, a”h

Darcho shel olam, the way of the world is for children to gather to say goodbye to parents; parents are not supposed to be standing graveside to say goodbye to

The Unanticipated Boomerang: Al Tashlich Moreinu L’eit Zikna

During the 16 years I lived in Florida, I saw 80-year-olds who played tennis weekly, an 85-year-old who actively owned three Walgreens, and an 88-year-old who supervised the construction of an 80,000-square-foot school building on a daily basis. Due to great strides in medicine,

What a Year!

It was a year of first names. Indeed, there was Donald, Nikki and, sadly, even Harvey and Irma.

Certainly, much happened in the Hebrew year 5777. We think it’s probably safe to

Five Steps to a Winning College Application

Many seniors will soon be knee-deep in the college application process. As a former admissions officer and longtime college consultant, I have learned that getting into your first-choice college is not only about grades, scores and extracurricular activities, but also about how you manage the

OHEL Holds Bais Ezra Shabbat to Remember in Baltimore

On September 8-10, the men from OHEL’s E10 residence went to Baltimore, Maryland for what has become an Annual OHEL Ezra Shabbaton thanks to the Bondar family of Baltimore who are parents to Rafi Bondar, an OHEL Bais Ezra resident in New York. This Shabbaton provides a wonderful opportunity

Tips for Nursing Mothers on Yom Kippur

(Courtesy of Puah) “Pregnant and nursing mothers must fast the entire fast on Yom Kippur” (Shulchan Aruch. Orach Chaim

Choosing Courage Over Comfort

A year after I got cancer, my friend was diagnosed, and my son, who was 6 at the time, asked me “Mom, did you give it to her?” I said “No Josh, I didn’t.”

It was 10 years ago that I found myself in a

Remembering NYS Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz

On Shabbat Parshat Ki Tezte, 11 Elul 5777, September 2, 2017, the Jewish community lost a true champion. New York State Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz personified what it means to be a community advocate. The media coverage, both secular and Jewish, of his untimely and tragic passing

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