Opinions

An open letter to Rep. Gwen Moore

An open letter to Rep. Gwen Moore

Posted on: August 27, 2019 | 26 Av 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

Dear Rep. Moore, As voting constituents of your district we must express our personal disappointment and dismay at your recent vote against HR 246. Your public opposition to a resolution condemning the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign and its efforts to isolate and delegitimize the Jewish state, the only democracy in the Middle East, is […]

Opinion: Do Orthodox Jews look down on others?

Posted on: August 7, 2019 | 6 Av 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

“Why do Orthodox Jews think they’re ‘holier than thou,’ even with the way they dress?” This comment was expressed to me by another Jew, who noted that some other Jews hold this same viewpoint. If so, I wonder whether some Jews view devotees of other religions in a similar vein, or whether this sentiment is […]

Editor’s Desk: On Israel, the truth takes a beating in local media

Posted on: July 31, 2019 | 28 Tammuz 5779 by Rob Golub

I’m usually a passionate defender of the media. I’ll be with friends or family or out in the world somewhere, or on the phone with a reader. I’ll be told the New York Times or some other media organization is anti-Israel. They say it to me in particular because I’ve worked in the media most […]

Opinion: Is ‘civilizationism’ good for the Jews?

Posted on: July 30, 2019 | 27 Tammuz 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

   A relatively new word has been increasingly circulating in European and U.S. political discussions – “civilizationism.” What people mean when they use it appears potentially troubling, not least for the world Jewish community.    In a quick Internet search, I have not been able to trace the word’s appearance beyond about 2007. The thinking […]

Opinion: Observations about ‘civilizationism’ after a trip to Central Europe

Opinion: Observations about ‘civilizationism’ after a trip to Central Europe

Posted on: July 30, 2019 | 27 Tammuz 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

You might be surprised to know that the Jewish community in Hungary, in the heart of central Europe, is statistically safer and less likely to be a victim of an antisemitic act, than all other European states, and the government is emphatically pro-Israel. At the same time, there is a roiling controversy about remembrance of […]

Editor’s Desk: Forty percent of America disagrees with you

Posted on: July 30, 2019 | 27 Tammuz 5779 by Rob Golub

Life is like a game of pinball. The little silver ball bounces from one side of the machine to the other. It goes where it goes. You can try to control the ball with the flippers. Good luck with that. In my experience, the flippers are pretty awful for controlling anything. It wasn’t my idea […]

Commentary: Is there a cure for the scourge of anti-Semitism?

Posted on: May 7, 2019 | 2 Iyyar 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

We just passed Passover, which may be the first major example of anti-Semitism in our reported history. Such anti-Semitism, even before we became the Jewish people, was bad enough that the story depicts that we couldn’t wait any longer to leave Egypt for our “promised land” of Israel, an Israel which is now the focus […]

Editor’s Desk: Can we please add Jews to the rainbow?

Posted on: May 2, 2019 | 27 Nisan 5779 by Rob Golub

If you don’t like what you see, maybe it’s time to change the view. Specifically, we all see rising anti-Semitism and this has me wondering about our view of the rainbow. You know: the rainbow. It’s everywhere. It’s on college campuses, made into flags and posters and maps of the United States and just about […]

Opinion: I’m tired of hearing about love

Posted on: March 25, 2019 | 18 Adar II 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

  Josh Parkes, of Glendale, has an observation after attending several gatherings in the wake of tragedy. In October of 2012, I drove with my son across town to the Sikh Religious Society of Wisconsin in Brookfield. There we donned the courtesy head coverings, accepted our candles, and stood with a couple thousand others to […]

D’Var Torah: The unity of ‘all who are in need’

D’Var Torah: The unity of ‘all who are in need’

Posted on: March 25, 2019 | 18 Adar II 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

  “You can squeeze another one or two in at the table. It likely will be the most meaningful Seder invite you ever made. We could then share our experiences at the Seder with each other by emailing the Chronicle staff at Chronicle@MilwaukeeJewish.org …” – Rabbi Wes Kalmar What percentage of American Jews attend a […]