Opinions

Blessings of connection and community

Posted on: December 11, 2017 | 23 Kislev 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

  We each have a life story that informs why and how we get involved with our community. My story began in Queens, New York, where it seemed like everyone was Jewish. Moving to the diaspora of upstate New York at 9-years-old, I soon realized that I was “different.”  While this realization helped me develop a […]

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 […]

Jewish Community Relations Council statement on Jerusalem

Posted on: December 8, 2017 | 20 Kislev 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Milwaukee Jewish Federation issued the following statement on Friday: “Since 1949, when Israel established its capital in those parts of West Jerusalem under its sovereignty, nations of the world have refused to recognize it. This refusal has singled out Israel amongst all nations, denying Israel the right that every […]

First person: The Holiday Triangle

Posted on: December 8, 2017 | 20 Kislev 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

  We are in the series of holidays that can be called the “Holiday Triangle.” We are looking at the time from Thanksgiving, to Christmas or Chanukah, and finally, to New Year’s Eve. The holidays come so effortlessly in succession that we can completely miss the opposite side of their celebration. We have embraced this […]

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 […]

When politics and current events cause anxiety

Posted on: November 3, 2017 | 14 Heshvan 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

  It was exactly one year ago that people visited me to talk about their 2016 presidential election anxieties.  They spoke of their fears regarding what could happen if their favoring party were to lose and how that might have a direct effect on our life. The endless negative campaign commercials constantly instilled negative thoughts […]

Opinion: Who was Balfour of the Declaration?

Posted on: October 30, 2017 | 10 Heshvan 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

  Arthur James Balfour (1848-1930) held many posts in the British government, including prime minister (1902-05) and foreign minister. Even so, contemporary British journalist Harold Begbie wrote that Balfour “has said nothing, written nothing, done nothing, which lives in the heart of his countrymen.” But Balfour is one of the non-Jews who lives in the […]

To pay for assisted living, take control

Posted on: October 25, 2017 | 5 Heshvan 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

When it is time to consider assisted living, we may not have choice in what our physical or cognitive limitations are, but with knowledge and planning, we can have choice in how we live and where we live. This seems pretty obvious, but what you don’t know about paying for in-home care or assisted living […]

Off to college:  Eight ways to grow relationship between dad and daughter

Off to college: Eight ways to grow relationship between dad and daughter

Posted on: October 23, 2017 | 3 Heshvan 5778 by Rob Golub

  With summer behind us, many families have for the very first time, sent a daughter or son off to college.  This is normative and expected, but often a challenging and stressful time of transition within the family life cycle. But herein lie opportunities for family members and relationships to be transformed. Specifically, this is […]

Opinion: Objections to Israel’s BDS law are overwrought and hypocritical

Posted on: October 3, 2017 | 13 Tishri 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

JERUSALEM – In July, five leaders of the virulent BDS groups Jewish Voice for Peace and American Muslims for Palestine were barred at Dulles International Airport from boarding a flight to Israel. The move reportedly was the result of an amendment to Israel’s Law of Entry denying admission of senior activists of leading BDS organizations to […]