Opinions

First person: Interpreting the bias of the UNESCO Jerusalem resolution

Posted on: May 4, 2017 | 8 Iyyar 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

  Miles Guralnick received a Gold Key award regionally and a Silver Medal nationally for this critical essay that he wrote for the 2017 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition, as a junior at Nicolet High School, on the subject of the UNESCO Jerusalem Resolution. As thousands of tourists and worshipers of all religions visit […]

Memo from a survivor of esophageal cancer

Posted on: May 3, 2017 | 7 Iyyar 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

The call came in the morning three years ago. I had had a colonoscopy and because I had developed a difficultly in swallowing in the previous months the doctor ordered an endoscopy. When a doctor calls first thing in the morning after a test it is usually not a good sign and my heart sank. […]

Reflections on our staff trip to Israel

Reflections on our staff trip to Israel

Posted on: April 3, 2017 | 7 Nisan 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

  Last month I traveled to Israel with 26 of my co-workers. The trip was funded by a few generous donors with great foresight. They understood something I did not: the experience would transform our organization. The trip forever changed the way I will think and communicate about Israel. I met remarkable people like Uriel […]

Opinion: A Jewish psychiatrist’s perspective on Islamophobia

Opinion: A Jewish psychiatrist’s perspective on Islamophobia

Posted on: March 3, 2017 | 5 Adar 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

  Why should Jews and Jewish psychiatrists be so concerned with Islamophobia? Is it a relative of Anti-Semitism? Though Anti-Semitism has come to mean discrimination toward Jews, the Oxford Dictionary defines Semite as “including in particular Jews and Arabs.” Is it a mental problem of some sort that needs to be addressed by society and […]

Opinion: White House must not eliminate monitoring of anti-Semitism

Opinion: White House must not eliminate monitoring of anti-Semitism

Posted on: March 1, 2017 | 3 Adar 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

  I had the great honor to serve as Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism in the U.S. State Department during President Obama’s first term. The creation of this position was the result of the United Nations hate fest that took place in September 2001, in Durban, South Africa. Our country, and many European […]

Opinion: Why march on Madison?

Opinion: Why march on Madison?

Posted on: January 27, 2017 | 29 Tevet 5777 by Rob Golub

  I didn’t want to march. I don’t like crowds. I wasn’t sure what marching would accomplish or how it would be interpreted. But it felt like too much was at stake not to show up. Why did I choose to go? Because, as Gloria Steinem said at the Women’s March on Washington, “Sometimes we […]

Opinion: The election through Republican eyes

Posted on: December 29, 2016 | 29 Kislev 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

  I realize that those who supported Hillary Clinton are in an awful amount of hurt because of the unexpected shock of the Trump victory. Part of this is the very fact that the Democratic Party did not realize what was happening in most of America outside of the big urban areas. As a Republican […]

Opinion: The left is wrong on Trump, Bannon and anti-Semitism

Posted on: December 29, 2016 | 29 Kislev 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

  The December Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle included six op-eds from local writers commenting on the results of the election. All six were written from a leftist perspective and decried the results of the election. When I pointed out in an email to members of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Relations Council leadership that […]

Twelve hours from Israel

Twelve hours from Israel

Posted on: December 2, 2016 | 2 Kislev 5777 by Rob Golub

  Allow me to take you to a place where civilization was born and time seems to stand still. The sound of many people, talking excitedly in various distinct tongues. The smell of exotic spices and warm bread fills the air. You can taste them. And the people are the best part: Tourists in brightly […]

Opinion: The victors, and those despairing, have much to offer

Posted on: December 2, 2016 | 2 Kislev 5777 by Rob Golub

  Roughly 2,000 years ago a debate broke out in the house of study. Rabbis Eliezer, Akivah, Joshua and Gamliel were debating about a new type of oven. The question, if a portion of the oven became unclean would that render the oven un-kosher? Rabbi Eliezer was an expert on the laws of kashrut and […]