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Sidewalk Complaints Are Cracking Up Teaneck

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Teaneck—Everyone in Teaneck wants safe streets and safe sidewalks. People who walk their dogs daily, children who are transported to and from the park in strollers, older residents who take walks with their caregivers via wheelchair, all should be able to perambulate and enjoy our beautiful tree-lined streets without...

Celebrating Our Graduates

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We at The Jewish Link are proud of so many things about our community. We wouldn’t work here if we weren’t interested in championing our community institutions, if we didn’t want to highlight our successes, share our strengths and celebrate our solid gold children. Mourning our community’s losses comes with our roles as well, and from these experiences, such as the loss of Gary Turkel z”l this past week, our emunah is tested. But we choose communal support over mourning privately in sad times as well, and perhaps we also learn to hold our dear ones a little tighter and celebrate passages more vibrantly, when we face such devastating sadness.

In sharp contrast, this time of...

From the Peace of Shavuot to a Violent Reality

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We entered Shavuot with the fresh pain of the June 8th killing of four Israelis by two Palestinian terrorists at the Max Brenner Café at Tel Aviv’s Sarona Market complex, only to emerge from Matan Torah to find our entire country suffering after an unthinkable early Sunday morning massacre in Orlando, Florida. There, at Pulse, a gay nightclub, 49 people were murdered and over 50 more wounded by a lone gunman, who, before he was killed by police, told a 911 operator of his allegiance to ISIS. The carnage resulted in the largest act of terror on U.S. soil since September 11, 2001.

Many of us learned Torah through the night and early morning hours of Shavuot, delighting in the inspiring...

J Street Is Getting It Wrong

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Once again, J Street is getting it wrong.

The group, according to the website Politico, is circulating a memo among members of the Democratic Party’s drafting committee calling for a “balanced position” that includes recognizing Palestinian claims to Eastern Jerusalem.

In a petition headlined “Support Israeli security and Palestinian rights,” J Street calls for adding language “noting concern about the expansion of settlements, which entrench the occupation and endanger peace.”

What other information does J Street need to understand that historically Israel has offered land swaps, at one point almost 90 percent of the West Bank and all of Gaza? Israel has thrown peace...

Punditry and the Israeli Leadership ‘Earthquake’

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government finds itself in a political arena that is being watched across the world by both friend and foe.

His foes would probably like to see a Netanyahu-led coalition fall after his decision to replace veteran soldier and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon with Avigdor Lieberman, the foreign minister with little military background. By now we know that Ya’alon resigned from the government on May 20.

Since the resignation, political forecasters both in Israel and the U.S. are already predicting Ya’alon’s return to the government, forming his own coalition with an eye for Netanyahu’s job.

While the discussions and debates inside and...

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