Opinions

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 […]

Editor’s Desk: Ilhan Omar needs to believe

Posted on: February 28, 2019 | 23 Adar I 5779 by Rob Golub

  When I was editor for the daily newspaper in Racine, I noticed a bad habit among us journalists. I call it the we-got-it moment and it’s when, journalistically speaking, you fall off your game. It works like this. Big news breaks. Maybe it’s a terrible shooting or a political figure stepping down. You rush […]

Commentary: Blacklist exhibit informs, but won’t tell you what to think

Posted on: February 11, 2019 | 6 Adar I 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

  Walking into the Blacklist exhibit at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, visitors may wonder what the red scare of the 1950s and 60s has to do with Jewish-American culture in the upper Midwest.  Rather than answering that question directly, however, the temporary exhibit offers the tools of historical inquiry: original sources and probing questions.  Blacklist […]

Commentary: Blacklist delivers, but American communism needs more probing

Posted on: February 11, 2019 | 6 Adar I 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

  Visitors to the “Blacklist” exhibition at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee will be impressed by its evocative audio-visual presentations and engaging interactive displays. Ellie Gettinger, the museum’s curator, deserves high praise for designing an appealing exhibition, which immediately captures and sustains attention. Undeniably, “Blacklist” has been professionally and artfully crafted. Above all, the exhibition vividly […]

Commentary: After loss and crisis, community gave me strength

Posted on: February 1, 2019 | 26 Shevat 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

  Tragic. Traumatic. Miraculous. These words describe my family’s past decade. When our seemingly healthy 14-year-old daughter Laura died within days of being diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor, my husband Ron and I were shocked and distraught. Our sheltered family life in Bayside wasn’t supposed to unfold this way. We were overcome by the […]

Commentary: The right amount of fear

Posted on: January 18, 2019 | 12 Shevat 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

  The most important thing for us is to have the right amount of fear. Some of you may know that those words are a variation of the end of a quote attributed to the legendary Hasidic Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. Here is one common translation: “The world is a narrow bridge and the important […]

Opinion: The man who doesn’t care about Israel

Posted on: January 4, 2019 | 27 Tevet 5779 by Rob Golub

  In a 17-minute podcast, Sam Harris delivers one of my favorite defenses of Israel. He’s a surprise source of support for the Jewish state. Harris is one of America’s leading public atheists, an intellectual and a philosopher with a podcast that’s downloaded one million times per episode, according to reports. He’s written five New […]