Editor’s Desk

Passover in trying times

Passover in trying times

Posted on: April 3, 2020 | 9 Nisan 5780 by Rob Golub

This is not a direct parallel, but I remember, back on Sept. 11, 2001, I was a newspaper reporter driving in to work in the morning. I was the only reporter with a cell phone, and my editor called. He told me to head to Mitchell International Airport, where I found hundreds standing around a […]

Forget the world. Let’s talk about books.

Forget the world. Let’s talk about books.

Posted on: March 27, 2020 | 2 Nisan 5780 by Rob Golub

Dr. Rob here, unlicensed and unafraid to tell you that you really should turn off that TV and read a book. Yes, yes, I’m the media. I know, I’m supposed to tell you to keep up to date with our LATE BREAKING NEWS. Well, the whole world has gone batty, so what’s one more contradiction? […]

Opinion: Who to add to the Jewish 100? Update the book on influential Jews?

Opinion: Who to add to the Jewish 100? Update the book on influential Jews?

Posted on: March 2, 2020 | 6 Adar 5780 by Rob Golub

  The most influential Jew is Moses. This, according to “The Jewish 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Jews of All Time.” If we were to update this 1994 book by Michael Shapiro for 2020, would we have new entries? After thousands of years of civilization, can modern culture truly produce a few more […]

Why I walked out of ‘JoJo Rabbit’ and loved ‘Gentleman’s Agreement’

Posted on: January 30, 2020 | 4 Shevat 5780 by Rob Golub

If this is a review, it can only be a half-review. I walked out of “JoJo Rabbit” soon after JoJo, a non-Jewish child in Nazi Germany, discovers a Jew living in secret behind his walls. Wish me luck. I now arrive to pan the film that the majority deems funny and knowing. It’s certified fresh […]

Opinion: Thoughts for a dark time

Opinion: Thoughts for a dark time

Posted on: December 30, 2019 | 2 Tevet 5780 by Rob Golub

  For most of us, our daily lives aren’t impacted much, but we can feel the darkness.  It’s a heaviness in the air, pumped in by the anger of those who hate us for nothing. “It’s just a very sad feeling because of the baseless hatred that someone has for someone they don’t even know,” […]

Opinion / Dear Marvel Comics: Suicide bombs are bad

Posted on: December 2, 2019 | 4 Kislev 5780 by Rob Golub

As some of you know, I’m a huge comic book geek. I don’t read a lot of the modern superhero comics, yet I was interested in Marvel’s ongoing relaunch of the X-Men titles. The X-Men comics and movies are now owned by the same company – Disney – for the first time in a long […]

America should not abandon the Kurds

Posted on: November 8, 2019 | 10 Heshvan 5780 by Rob Golub

President Trump’s decision to abandon our U.S. allies, the Kurds, is a grave error. There are two problems with it. First, we are on the wrong side. It’s a matter of right and wrong. The Kurds are – or are least have been – U.S. allies who fought for many years against Saddam Hussein and […]

Editor’s Desk: A Jewish New Yorker’s guide to Wisconsin (and how Hillary lost)

Editor’s Desk: A Jewish New Yorker’s guide to Wisconsin (and how Hillary lost)

Posted on: September 6, 2019 | 6 Elul 5779 by Rob Golub

I’m a Jewish New Yorker who has become a Wisconsinite. I spent about half my life living on Long Island, in a Forest Hills apartment, and in a couple lower Manhattan apartments. The second half has been spent in West Allis, Franklin and on the North Shore of Milwaukee. For the first half of my […]

Editor’s Desk: On Israel, the truth takes a beating in local media

Posted on: July 31, 2019 | 28 Tammuz 5779 by Rob Golub

I’m usually a passionate defender of the media. I’ll be with friends or family or out in the world somewhere, or on the phone with a reader. I’ll be told the New York Times or some other media organization is anti-Israel. They say it to me in particular because I’ve worked in the media most […]

Editor’s Desk: Forty percent of America disagrees with you

Posted on: July 30, 2019 | 27 Tammuz 5779 by Rob Golub

Life is like a game of pinball. The little silver ball bounces from one side of the machine to the other. It goes where it goes. You can try to control the ball with the flippers. Good luck with that. In my experience, the flippers are pretty awful for controlling anything. It wasn’t my idea […]