Opinions

Opinion: Israel’s amazing Six Day War isn’t amazing for everyone

Posted on: June 2, 2017 | 8 Sivan 5777 by Rob Golub

  The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is tragic, not just because of the Israeli side of the equation and not just because of the Palestinian side of the equation. The situation is mutually tragic. We were desperate, victims of the greatest crime in history – the Holocaust. About six million of us were killed from 1933 to […]

Opinion: Securing our history – and our future

Posted on: May 30, 2017 | 5 Sivan 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

We talk about the generational history of Judaism – l’dor vador – as an unbroken chain of faith and hope. Yet, it seems as though for the nearly 2,000 years of exile from Jerusalem, the chain was miraculously held together despite the broken links of exile. Though Psalm 137:5 famously avows, “If I forget thee, […]

Opinion: For the 50th anniversary, embrace complexity and support the peacemakers

Opinion: For the 50th anniversary, embrace complexity and support the peacemakers

Posted on: May 30, 2017 | 5 Sivan 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

  For the last year, American Jews have been anticipating the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War: How would we mark the legacy of those fateful days with reverence, respect and thoughtfulness? As we are increasingly called to defend Israel from detractors within and outside the community, how do we grapple with the legacy […]

Opinion: No justification for high school assignment debating genocide

Opinion: No justification for high school assignment debating genocide

Posted on: May 25, 2017 | 29 Iyyar 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

In a series of serendipitous events on April 4, two 17-year-olds, Jordan April and Archer Schurtliff, became my heroes. Upon arriving in Oswego, New York for my book signing at the River’s End Bookstore, I stopped at a grocery store to load up on caffeine. A downpour kept me in my car, so I scrolled […]

Milwaukee’s community shaliach returning to Israel

Posted on: May 25, 2017 | 29 Iyyar 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

  When Amit Yaniv-Zehavi led a recent Jewish Federation staff trip to Israel in March, she scheduled a stop at Kibbutz Tzora. “We were on kibbutz and in my own house, the place where I will be sitting in three months and drinking coffee,” she said. Yaniv-Zehavi, her husband Doron and their children Yonatan, Daniel […]

Returning to Israel, I hope for better

Posted on: May 25, 2017 | 29 Iyyar 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

  In 1978, when Israel was 30 and I was 10, my Israeli parents decided to return to Israel after 16 years in New York. I encountered a naïve, un-cynical and optimistic Israel. My peers were very accepting. I spent many hours outdoors, “unattended,” barefoot, climbing trees, playing. I rode my bike to school through […]

After three years in Milwaukee, back to the kibbutz

After three years in Milwaukee, back to the kibbutz

Posted on: May 25, 2017 | 29 Iyyar 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

    I was born on a kibbutz one year after the Six Day War and grew up during the post-war days. I can still remember the atmosphere in the kibbutz on Yom HaAtzmaut then: the colorful bicycle parade, the party into late night hours, with everybody singing and dancing. There was so much pride […]

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 […]