Friday, August 14, 2020


My Time at Kosherfest and Tribeworks

Tuesday, November 13, was one of those jam-packed days in the life and career of a Jewish media professional where I truly feel blessed with the job I have. Although I normally don’t leave our Jewish Link office much on Tuesdays and Wednesdays due to the rigors and stresses imposed by our demanding Wednesday-night deadline cycle,

No Reservations About ‘Err-bnb’

It’s called Airbnb.

But now the booking platform would be more appropriately called Err-bnb, because if there was ever a grievous mistake made by any company regarding Israel, this has to be it.

The online platform’s decision to blacklist Jewish-owned rentals in

Enough Is Enough

In years past, when Israel has had to defend itself against the terror of Hamas, the world community has used the words “excessive force” to condemn the Jewish state.

When close to 400 rockets were fired into Israel from Gaza earlier this week, the world’s voices of condemnation stayed quiet,

We Need Unity Now More Than Ever

Last week, many of us learned of the Tree of Life congregation killings as we emerged from Shabbat.

Some of us, as the Havdalah candle wick is still smoldering, turn on our smartphones or any other preferred screens, fearing we are missing something.

This time,

The ‘New Sheriff’ We Miss Already 

The “new sheriff in town” is, much to our dismay, getting out of Dodge City.

Indeed, Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, announced last week she will be leaving her post at year’s end.

That has left those of us who wake up each day with

MTA Dedicates Torah and Makes Siyum L’Zecher Ari Fuld, HY”D

Two Mondays ago, I had the privilege of attending and participating in a unique celebration on the YU campus in Washington Heights in memory of my MTA classmate, Ari Fuld, HY”D. The MTA students made a siyum on Mishnayot on all of Seder Nezikin and the completion of a brand new Sefer Torah in Ari’s

A ‘Textbook’ Case of Hatred

It’s about time.

How many Palestinian school children have been poisoned into hatred of Jews and Israel because of the toxic mixture of misinformation they have read and have been spoon fed through textbooks?

A Time to Rediscover the Family

We find ourselves at a time of grateful abundance. We emerge from our Rosh Hashanah tefillot observing the birthday of the world only to look ahead with nervous anticipation as our heartfelt prayers will seal our lives of goodness, joy and health in Hashem’s book.

Rosh Hashanah Reading

We have just finished a fairly wet and rainy Rosh Hashanah—in truth, I can’t even remember a Rosh Hashanah during the past 10-20 years when it rained like this and Tashlich was rained out. With it raining on both days of Yom Tov, I had time to read perhaps even a bit more than I normally would over a

Prayers for a Great Year for Our Children

That was quick.

Seems like we were just writing about high school graduations, camp packing details, family vacations, water safety and even sunscreen.

What a Bar Mitzvah!

I started writing this column on Sunday while on a high on my way back from a very special 55-hour weekend spent in Israel. I was there to attend the bar mitzvah of the only son of one of my oldest and closest friends from my high school days. I also had the added bonus of spending a Shabbat with my

Perhaps It’s Time for Israel to Put an End to the Gaza Terror

As we approach Tisha B’Av and our solemn commemoration of the destruction of our two Holy Temples, we want to remind everyone that the heightened threats to our people in Sderot and other Southern Negev regional areas must be remembered as if it were happening closer to home.

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