Dr. Sorana Segal-Maurer, director of infectious diseases at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, offers tips to guard against tick bites

Tick season is upon us, and the threat of tick-borne disease is on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of reported cases nearly tripled between 2004 and 2017, and researchers discovered seven new tick-borne pathogens with the potential to infect people.

Dear Alice,

Now that it is summer we go away for Shabbos a lot. I am not really comfortable toting along my own bag of Shabbos food. Could you give me some general guidelines for a successful Shabbos without requiring me to cook completely separate or bring all my own food? Thanks!

Our last edition carried a number of letters to the editor questioning Rabbi Schonfeld’s public letter in which he asked that the issue of women’s photos in Orthodox publications not be discussed in the Queens Jewish Link – or be discussed with greater discretion. One of those letters was written with uncalled for disrespect for Rabbi Schonfeld. Truthfully, we did not want to publish that letter, out of a sign of respect for Rabbi Schonfeld, who serves selflessly as our Rabbinic Adviser. It was only at Rabbi Schonfeld’s insistence that we published the letter as written. We were supposed to insert an Editor’s Note to explain that to our readers, but we neglected to do so.
In addition, Rabbi Schonfeld wrote a response to Anne Koffsky’s letter on the topic, which we also neglected to publish. We present his response here.