Opinion: Why rabbis like me oppose Israel’s ban on BDS activists

Posted on: October 3, 2017 | 13 Tishri 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

  MADISON – In March, the Israeli Knesset passed a law that denies entry to foreigners who support the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, or BDS. At the time, the law felt so insidious because it introduced a political litmus test designed to exclude those who object to Israel’s policies. It served to stifle legitimate […]

In love with Jewish Milwaukee

In love with Jewish Milwaukee

Posted on: September 27, 2017 | 7 Tishri 5778 by Special to the Chronicle

  May 1, 2013. College decision day. I don’t think that when I made my decision to attend Marquette University my parents expected me to end up working for a Jewish non-profit four years later. They heard the comments (“You’re actually letting her go there!?”) but fully trusted me in my decision (plus the short […]

Poll: Will you fast? How so?

Poll: Will you fast? How so?

Posted on: September 18, 2017 | 27 Elul 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

Yom Kippur starts in the evening of Friday, Sept. 29. Will you fast? How will you approach it?  

Israeli diplomat’s Wisconsin message: Mispacha (family) matters

Posted on: September 8, 2017 | 17 Elul 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

It’s easy to forget that Israel is over 6,000 miles away when standing in front of 700 supporters at our annual Yom HaAtzmaut celebration. It’s moments like these that make me feel like I’ve been a member of the Midwest Jewish community forever. It reminds me what I already know – that the Jewish people […]

‘Blood and soil! Jews will not replace us! White lives matter!’

‘Blood and soil! Jews will not replace us! White lives matter!’

Posted on: August 30, 2017 | 8 Elul 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

  Rabbi David B. Cohen wrote this piece days after the Aug. 12 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Blood and soil – in German, “Blut und Boden,” was a Nazi rallying cry, a nativist insistence that one’s legitimacy as a German was determined by one’s blood and one’s connection to the land. To […]

Opinion: A Kenosha rabbi asks Paul Ryan a question

Posted on: August 29, 2017 | 7 Elul 5777 by Rob Golub

You’ve got to respect those who find small moments to stand up for the Jewish people. It makes you figure they’re probably doing it all the time, with a little moment here, a little moment there. Rabbi Dena Feingold found one such moment on Aug. 21, when she asked a question at a live CNN […]

Seven tips for back to school

Posted on: August 7, 2017 | 15 Av 5777 by Rob Golub

My eldest grandchild, Noah, just graduated middle school. Here is what he wrote to us: “I don’t know if I said this already, but thanks so much for the graduation money. This is a pretty big milestone for me. I’m starting summer school tomorrow! It feels weird going back to school, and even weirder that […]

Opinion: Rabbi Twerski’s concert hit the mark

Opinion: Rabbi Twerski’s concert hit the mark

Posted on: August 1, 2017 | 9 Av 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

Big. Beautiful. Inspiring. Those were the expectations given in the introductory remarks at the concert of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, performing the music of Rabbi Michel Twerski, on June 25, 2017, at the Historic Pabst Theater in Milwaukee. Bull’s eye. Bull’s eye. Bull’s eye. It was already a given that the concert, combining the niggunim […]

Opinion: Chicago Dyke March’s Israel doesn’t exist

Posted on: July 31, 2017 | 8 Av 5777 by Rob Golub

The Chicago Dyke March is where the anti-Israel far-left revealed itself. It’s where we get to see how far the far-left has finally and so creatively traveled. They’ve marched right off the map, into a distant land of make-believe. The Chicago Dyke March Collective’s most recent annual march, on June 24, again celebrated the lesbian […]

Opinion: Don’t hear what the president says, hear the values

Posted on: June 30, 2017 | 6 Tammuz 5777 by Rob Golub

  The president is speaking a different language. He speaks in values, not literal English. No reason to be alarmed? Could any reasonable person think the exceedingly professional and measured mayor of London is telling people there’s no reason to be alarmed about terror? In fact, in the video where the mayor says there’s “no […]