Opinions

Opinion: The election’s over ­– now what?

Opinion: The election’s over ­– now what?

Posted on: December 1, 2016 | 1 Kislev 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

    If we learned anything at all in the recent presidential election, it’s this: we are still a divided people. Note my use of “still.” Many are decrying the fact that “this is the most divided we’ve ever been” or at least, “this is the most divided we’ve been in a long time.” But […]

Opinion: Keep your sleeves rolled up

Posted on: December 1, 2016 | 1 Kislev 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

“I think I’ll accept that invitation to serve on the Urban League Board. That’s something positive I can do in response to Trump’s election.” A congregant of mine made this announcement to me at an Oneg Shabbat just after Nov. 8. I am gratified to know that he – and others – are not giving […]

First Person: We Jews, we take care of each other

Posted on: December 1, 2016 | 1 Kislev 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

I want to share a story with you. Last year, I went on the Campaign Chairs Mission to Tblisi, Georgia and Israel with the Jewish Federations of North America. My story began here in Milwaukee before I even left. I was running errands and I swung by my shoe cobbler in Fox Point. I was […]

Opinion: Fear of Trumpworld is RATIONAL

Posted on: November 22, 2016 | 21 Heshvan 5777 by Rob Golub

  We have stumbled to the edge of a deep, dark ravine. Walk forward to abandon the principles of this great nation. Step away for something else. I remember when George W. Bush was making his first cabinet picks, I thought, wow, it’s like he’s picking the perfect crew for a war. We saw how […]

Opinion: We must be vigilant

Opinion: We must be vigilant

Posted on: November 22, 2016 | 21 Heshvan 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

  The results of the elections were profound for everyone, no matter what your propensity. And as much as I join the country in hoping that we will have a smooth transition of leadership this January, there are things I cannot forget. I feel that my Jewish values inform me on virtually everything. And I […]

 Opinion: A defense for non-traditional marriage

Posted on: October 31, 2016 | 29 Tishri 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

  As we approach Rosh Hashanah and the Days of Awe, we must consider the weight, not only of our actions, but also our words before beginning to ask for forgiveness – and then redemption. Personally, my thoughts on Judaism have evolved over time. I feel as though Judaism is a religion of intellectualism, personal […]

D’Var Torah: Jewish learning in Wisconsin correctional facilities – and repentance  

D’Var Torah: Jewish learning in Wisconsin correctional facilities – and repentance  

Posted on: October 31, 2016 | 29 Tishri 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

  The “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous is the “Bible” for those recovering from alcohol addictions. Additionally, since 1939 it has been edited repeatedly to cover the full gamut of drug and gambling addictions. The “BB,” as we’ll call it, contains 12 steps necessary for the person’s cessation from their addiction.  In fact, it really […]

Commentary: Local rabbis deeply disturbed by marriage opinion

Posted on: October 6, 2016 | 4 Tishri 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

We were deeply disturbed by the opinion piece titled, “Traditional marriage is best for all,” written by Therese Dorfman, and published in the September issue of The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle.  We believe that embracing members of our communities who identify as LGBT is inherently a Jewish value.  Moreover, we applaud the Supreme Court for legalizing […]

D’Var Torah: The courage to fall down … and rise up again

D’Var Torah: The courage to fall down … and rise up again

Posted on: September 14, 2016 | 11 Elul 5776 by Special to the Chronicle

  It has been a chaotic summer in some ways. Our lovely days of summer have been tempered with disruptions, some large and some small. We have grieved for loss of life in mass shootings in public spaces. We have witnessed two national political conventions. Some of us are divided by politics, by views not […]

Opinion: Raise up your voice like a shofar, for a $15 minimum wage

Opinion: Raise up your voice like a shofar, for a $15 minimum wage

Posted on: September 2, 2016 | 29 Av 5776 by Special to the Chronicle

  One particularly cold December day in 2014 as I tried to warm up my hands after chanting outside a local McDonald’s restaurant with workers striking for $15 an hour and the right to join a union, I wondered what effect this bone-chilling activity would really have. How would protesting with a few dozen people […]