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Israel is my Jewish state, your Jewish state

Posted on: February 15, 2018 | 30 Shevat 5778 by Rob Golub

International politics is roiling, like a pot that needs its lid lifted. We hear of controversial news regarding Israel – does it ever leave you feeling angry or conflicted? Has Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s questionable attentiveness to Diaspora relations left you wondering? No doubt, the news out of Israel can be difficult to synthesize at […]

Opinion: Good news and bad news on climate change

Opinion: Good news and bad news on climate change

Posted on: January 19, 2018 | 3 Shevat 5778 by Rob Golub

  I have good news and I have bad news. The good news is that the government is taking climate change really seriously. Truly, it is. “Effects may be felt in all aspects of life, including: water, public health, agriculture, energy, biodiversity, coastal infrastructure, natural disasters, national security, and more,” warns a government website. “Climate […]

Opinion: When the news media names the accused, is it lashon hara, or ‘evil speech’?

Posted on: December 8, 2017 | 20 Kislev 5778 by Rob Golub

  A former New Berlin assistant bank manager was charged with embezzling $20,000 last summer, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. I’m not looking to pick on the Journal in particular, though I’m sure there are those who would enjoy that. It’s an excellent institution, working hard, I’m sure, to muddle through a tough era […]

Opinion: Reform should continue a kinder interfaith approach

Posted on: November 8, 2017 | 19 Heshvan 5778 by Rob Golub

For the Jewish people to endure, we need different approaches. In our diversity, we can find strength. It’s why I’d be loath to critique the Conservative position as recently expressed by some of their greatest modern leaders (“The Conservative movement can, and should, welcome the intermarried”). They counsel that “rabbinic officiation at weddings is and should […]

Opinion: A Kenosha rabbi asks Paul Ryan a question

Posted on: August 29, 2017 | 7 Elul 5777 by Rob Golub

You’ve got to respect those who find small moments to stand up for the Jewish people. It makes you figure they’re probably doing it all the time, with a little moment here, a little moment there. Rabbi Dena Feingold found one such moment on Aug. 21, when she asked a question at a live CNN […]

Opinion: Chicago Dyke March’s Israel doesn’t exist

Posted on: July 31, 2017 | 8 Av 5777 by Rob Golub

The Chicago Dyke March is where the anti-Israel far-left revealed itself. It’s where we get to see how far the far-left has finally and so creatively traveled. They’ve marched right off the map, into a distant land of make-believe. The Chicago Dyke March Collective’s most recent annual march, on June 24, again celebrated the lesbian […]

Opinion: Don’t hear what the president says, hear the values

Posted on: June 30, 2017 | 6 Tammuz 5777 by Rob Golub

  The president is speaking a different language. He speaks in values, not literal English. No reason to be alarmed? Could any reasonable person think the exceedingly professional and measured mayor of London is telling people there’s no reason to be alarmed about terror? In fact, in the video where the mayor says there’s “no […]

Opinion: Israel’s amazing Six Day War isn’t amazing for everyone

Posted on: June 2, 2017 | 8 Sivan 5777 by Rob Golub

  The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is tragic, not just because of the Israeli side of the equation and not just because of the Palestinian side of the equation. The situation is mutually tragic. We were desperate, victims of the greatest crime in history – the Holocaust. About six million of us were killed from 1933 to […]

Opinion: During Jewish center threats, technology gave us too much

Opinion: During Jewish center threats, technology gave us too much

Posted on: March 29, 2017 | 2 Nisan 5777 by Rob Golub

  Technology has empowered even the tiniest among us. It’s not always for the best. Today, the Internet gives a middle schooler the power to spread a nasty rumor like – as the rabbis caution us ­– feathers in the wind that cannot be retrieved. A car gives a man the power to drive a […]

Opinion: Fake news from Trump needs to stop

Opinion: Fake news from Trump needs to stop

Posted on: February 24, 2017 | 28 Shevat 5777 by Rob Golub

  The president is being grossly irresponsible when he describes the national media’s work product as “fake news.” He should stop. He and others who attack the media are doing the country a disservice. People are left wondering, what media sources can be trusted? Who tells the truth? It is, frankly, offensive. I know so […]