Opinions

A reasoned argument for opposing embassy move

Posted on: March 23, 2018 | 7 Nisan 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

The Chronicle recently featured three commentaries on the U.S. embassy in Israel. All favored its move to Jerusalem. On an issue this fraught, it seemed important to present an alternative view. To be sure, one of the commentaries, by Zak Mazur, appeared to oppose the embassy move. But as Mazur made clear, he was only […]

Opinion: A call for justice for Holocaust survivors

Posted on: February 28, 2018 | 13 Adar 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

  Gideon Taylor of the World Jewish Restitution Organization writes this piece on the successful efforts of Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to get restorative legislation passed. Now, Taylor wants to see it pass the House of Representatives. Seventy-three years ago, Howard Melton was liberated from a death march from the […]

Opinion: Local rabbis say Israel should ‘shelter the powerless’

Opinion: Local rabbis say Israel should ‘shelter the powerless’

Posted on: February 15, 2018 | 30 Shevat 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

  From its pre-state days, Israel has aspired to be both a light to the nations and a normal country like any other. These two countervailing goals were articulated by Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion. He often spoke to the aspiration that Israel should become, in the language of Isaiah, “a light to the […]

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: Trump should not have the honor of recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Opinion: Trump should not have the honor of recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Posted on: February 2, 2018 | 17 Shevat 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

  Let me get this out of the way: I believe Jerusalem — certainly western Jerusalem; definitely the Jewish Quarter of the Old City; and even some neighborhoods in the eastern half of the city — are Israel’s rightful capital. Given my view, one would assume I’m elated that President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem […]

Opinion: Jerusalem flap shows again how Judaism gets dissed

Posted on: February 2, 2018 | 17 Shevat 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

  I felt furious over the controversy this past December about whether the world should recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city. I am no fan of President Donald Trump and his administration. Yet I have to say that purely on the merits, he was right about this issue. In fact, the U.S. and the whole […]

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 […]

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 […]