‘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 […]

The force of truth: films from Israel

Posted on: June 30, 2017 | 6 Tammuz 5777 by Special to the Chronicle

  Fran Assa of Shorewood reviews current film and finds a reveal of women’s experiences in ways that are achingly true, for the most part. * * * Something is happening in Israeli/Israeli-Palestinian film production that is unique. It is the deliberate and forceful exploration of fundamental philosophical questions: what is a man, and what […]

Poll: With which Jewish movement do you most identify?

Posted on: June 12, 2017 | 18 Sivan 5777 by Special to the Chronicle


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, […]