Editor’s Desk

For Chanukah, this too shall pass 

For Chanukah, this too shall pass 

Posted on: December 2, 2020 | 16 Kislev 5781 by Rob Golub

  For Chanukah, I give you the gift of knowing whether you can remember old things like I do. If you can appreciate four or more of these eight items, you win.  I remember rolling up the window. I still roll up the window. I suspect younger folks are raising the window, since there’s nothing […]

Editor’s Desk: Here are my values 

Posted on: October 7, 2020 | 19 Tishri 5781 by Rob Golub

  A wise friend advised me to share my values in this space. I said, I think the work should stand for itself. I was told, that’s nice but some may want to know, so share your values.  Okay, so as my grandfather used to say, here goes nothing. Here are some of my values.  […]

Editor’s Desk: We can fix policing in America 

Editor’s Desk: We can fix policing in America 

Posted on: June 30, 2020 | 8 Tammuz 5780 by Rob Golub

  You cannot crush the life out of someone on Minnesota pavement like it’s nothing.   This is not justice.   A person of color, approached by an officer, should not have to feel fear, a fear I can only imagine because of my privilege. Put another way, a police officer’s patience must not be determined by […]

What did you do during the pandemic?

What did you do during the pandemic?

Posted on: June 8, 2020 | 16 Sivan 5780 by Rob Golub

Young people of the world, I bring you the most annoying article ever. Parents and grandparents of the world, I bring you an article that may be forwarded to young people, if you have the courage. Someday, someone is going to ask you, what did you do during the pandemic in summer? The best answer […]

Can we keep some things from the coronavirus era?

Can we keep some things from the coronavirus era?

Posted on: April 29, 2020 | 5 Iyyar 5780 by Rob Golub

Sweetness abounds. I donated something to a healthcare worker. It was a small thing, really. Her eyes glistened. A Richards Elementary School caravan made its way through my Whitefish Bay neighborhood, two dozen cars honking. Teachers waved from the decorated cars at kids on the lawn across the street from me. Speaking of across the […]

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,” […]