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A Folded Flag, Memories and Memorial Day

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In the spring of 2004, a color guard honored Sam Cohen, my deceased father-in-law, with a somber, dignified salute.

Sgt. Samuel Cohen served in a medical capacity in France, landing there in the days following Normandy.

He and his one and only, Shirley, my mother-in-law, were living their retirement years in Surprise...

A Timely Look at Masorah

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The second night of Pesach we started Sefirat HaOmer, each evening counting the 49 days between Pesach and Shavuot. We all know that during the first 32 days of the counting of the Omer we hold by certain restrictions to reflect our sadness for the deaths of Rabbi Akiva’s 24,000 students.

Lag B’Omer, or the 33rd day of the Sefirat HaOmer, is taking place next week on May 25. On that day, all expressions of mourning for Rabbi Akiva’s students are lifted. It is a day when couples may get married, when we create festive bonfires or even get a haircut.

These activities, special to this period on our calendar, are part of our Masorah*.

On a literal level, masorah means...

Incumbents Win for Teaneck

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Teaneck voters returned three incumbent town council members to four-year terms in Tuesday’s municipal election.

The three incumbents ran on the message of “Moving Teaneck Forward.”

We want to congratulate the three incumbents who certainly have proven in the past their commitment to make Teaneck a family-friendly and business-friendly New Jersey town.

Yasher Koach to all the candidates and we want to thank the thousands of voters who made casting their ballots on Tuesday a priority. Writing “every vote counts” can never be considered a cliché, because in so many elections the difference between a winner and a runner-up comes down to a relative handful of votes. We learned...

Remembering These Days

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So many of us have been in Israel when a single, somber droning sound fills the air. People in cars, hurrying to destinations, pull their cars over, get out and stand in respect. Others stop and stand, be they in shops, classrooms, homes or outside for a walk.

It is, of course, a moment that pulls our thoughts away from the trivial, the mundane, and gives focus to the memory of those brave soldiers of Israel who have given the full measure, their lives, for their family, friends and countrymen.

Perhaps moments before the siren’s wail, our minds were occupied with the oft-nonsensical national election controversies or, for that matter, the infighting of local political office seekers...

Why Your Teaneck Council Vote Is Important, and Why You Should Vote for My Friend, Mark Schwartz

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As I write this, we are now less than a week away from next Tuesday’s (May 10) important Teaneck Council election. As the co-publisher of this Jewish community paper, I write now with two fairly simple thoughts and, yes, perhaps even requests, if you will grant me that courtesy.

My first request is to ask you—our neighbors in Teaneck—to make the time to vote next Tuesday. In the last municipal election two years ago, I watched a number of qualified and strong candidates, who were also members of our community in good standing, lose by only a handful of votes. If only a few more people had set aside literally 10-15 minutes before or after work, the results would have been much...

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