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For Passover, the Chronicle asked, how do you feel about having the same name as Moses’ spouse?  

For Passover, the Chronicle asked, how do you feel about having the same name as Moses’ spouse?  

Posted on: April 5, 2022 | 4 Nisan 5782 by Special to the Chronicle

  At birth, I was given an English name along with the Hebrew name Tziporah. The English name (ask me sometime) was a name my parents liked. I always hated it. Tziporah was after my paternal great-grandmother, Faigel Weinberg. Faigel and Tziporah both mean bird.  I always felt connected to my Hebrew name. I heard […]

Editor’s Desk: Putin’s war is maddening and obscene  

Editor’s Desk: Putin’s war is maddening and obscene  

Posted on: March 30, 2022 | 27 Adar II 5782 by Rob Golub

  As I write these words, I’m heartbroken by what Ukrainians — both Jewish and non-Jewish — have endured.   On the news apps, and on TV, we watched the map of Ukraine change daily, a smidgen at a time. Red, which just happens to be the color of blood, slowly spread inward from the edges. […]

Opinion: Why now? Why Jewish? As Purim approaches, we, too, can find courage 

Opinion: Why now? Why Jewish? As Purim approaches, we, too, can find courage 

Posted on: March 3, 2022 | 30 Adar I 5782 by Special to the Chronicle

  My memories of Judaism as a child are primarily composed of visceral and sweet moments.  Sinking my teeth into a perfectly dense and crunchy bagel, with a bite of salty lox and a lick of cream cheese. Tightness in my chest as I resisted gasping for air holding the long note of “Ve’imeruuuuuuu…..” during […]

First person: The view from the Homeland Security Summit 

Posted on: January 18, 2022 | 16 Shevat 5782 by Special to the Chronicle

  Many of you have probably never heard of the Secure Community Network, but it’s an important Jewish community watchdog, and I was glad to represent our Jewish community at the Network’s Homeland Security Summit.  The Secure Community Network is the official homeland security and safety initiative of the organized Jewish community in North America. Founded in 2004, under the auspices of The Jewish Federations of […]

Opinion: A shared agenda – Tu Bishvat and Martin Luther King Jr. Day 

Opinion: A shared agenda – Tu Bishvat and Martin Luther King Jr. Day 

Posted on: December 29, 2021 | 25 Tevet 5782 by Special to the Chronicle

   Maybe you already know that Monday, Jan. 17th, is both Tu Bishvat and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This rare confluence gives us an opportunity to see a connection.  As the climate and ecological crisis worsens, the importance of Tu Bishvat is becoming better recognized. It is a day sometimes known as the “birthday of the trees” and has essentially been our Jewish Earth Day for […]

Opinion: Chabad’s Response To COVID – What is the secret of Lubavitch, causing it to blossom? 

Posted on: December 23, 2021 | 19 Tevet 5782 by Special to the Chronicle

  As the Jewish community, and the world at large, struggles to recuperate from the effects of COVID-19 and other challenges of the past two years – I participated in a meeting with nine Shluchim (Chabad emissaries) from across the US. After the high holidays, we convened to plan a course of action to lift […]

Editor’s Desk: My proposed New Year’s resolution for the national media – more care on Israel

Editor’s Desk: My proposed New Year’s resolution for the national media – more care on Israel

Posted on: December 23, 2021 | 19 Tevet 5782 by Rob Golub

  Suggesting New Year’s resolutions for other people doesn’t seem like a best practice, but here we go. I’d like to suggest a new path for the national media.  I’ve known so many journalists who take pride in safeguarding against their own bias, working so hard to write fairly and objectively. All of this is […]

Opinion: COVID-19 update for 2022 – How to protect yourself and your loved ones

Opinion: COVID-19 update for 2022 – How to protect yourself and your loved ones

Posted on: December 17, 2021 | 13 Tevet 5782 by Special to the Chronicle

  The constant barrage of COVID-19 information we read or hear about in the news can be confusing; even more so when what we read on the internet or hear from friends is incomplete, incorrect, or downright misleading. None of us want to get sick or infect a loved one, but we also want to live […]

Opinion: On life, another point of view 

Opinion: On life, another point of view 

Posted on: December 2, 2021 | 28 Kislev 5782 by Special to the Chronicle

  I am not a rabbi, nor a woman. I am a physician, husband, father, grandfather and a reader of the Chronicle who feels compelled to respond to Rabbi Rachael Pass’ “Opinion: My Jewish approach to my abortion,” October 2021.  My purpose is not to attack ad hominem, but rather to present some criticisms, and […]

Wisconsin rabbis: Judaism requires vaccination 

Wisconsin rabbis: Judaism requires vaccination 

Posted on: October 28, 2021 | 22 Heshvan 5782 by Special to the Chronicle

The Wisconsin Council of Rabbis approved the following statement unanimously.   Over and over again, Jewish values and Jewish law prioritize health and life above everything else. As members of the Wisconsin Council of Rabbis, in conjunction with every mainstream rabbinical organization, we believe that Judaism requires all of us to be vaccinated against COVID-19, as […]