Opinions

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 […]

First person: The Holiday Triangle

Posted on: December 8, 2017 | 20 Kislev 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

  We are in the series of holidays that can be called the “Holiday Triangle.” We are looking at the time from Thanksgiving, to Christmas or Chanukah, and finally, to New Year’s Eve. The holidays come so effortlessly in succession that we can completely miss the opposite side of their celebration. We have embraced this […]

Opinion: Reform should continue a kinder interfaith approach

Posted on: November 8, 2017 | 19 Heshvan 5778 by Rob Golub

For the Jewish people to endure, we need different approaches. In our diversity, we can find strength. It’s why I’d be loath to critique the Conservative position as recently expressed by some of their greatest modern leaders (“The Conservative movement can, and should, welcome the intermarried”). They counsel that “rabbinic officiation at weddings is and should […]

When politics and current events cause anxiety

Posted on: November 3, 2017 | 14 Heshvan 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

  It was exactly one year ago that people visited me to talk about their 2016 presidential election anxieties.  They spoke of their fears regarding what could happen if their favoring party were to lose and how that might have a direct effect on our life. The endless negative campaign commercials constantly instilled negative thoughts […]

Opinion: Who was Balfour of the Declaration?

Posted on: October 30, 2017 | 10 Heshvan 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

  Arthur James Balfour (1848-1930) held many posts in the British government, including prime minister (1902-05) and foreign minister. Even so, contemporary British journalist Harold Begbie wrote that Balfour “has said nothing, written nothing, done nothing, which lives in the heart of his countrymen.” But Balfour is one of the non-Jews who lives in the […]