Editor’s Desk

Editor’s Desk: Make a difference – Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6

Posted on: October 31, 2018 | 22 Heshvan 5779 by Rob Golub

  My, how things have changed since 2014. In 2014, we saw riots in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, President Obama initiated relations with Cuba and a Malaysian Airlines flight mysteriously disappeared (wreckage was later found). It was a time of racial strife and political division, with Ferguson serving as no small example. Yet […]

Opinion: Academic boycott of Israel makes no sense

Opinion: Academic boycott of Israel makes no sense

Posted on: October 16, 2018 | 7 Heshvan 5779 by Rob Golub

  When I read of the professor who refused to write a letter of recommendation for a student to attend a Tel Aviv study-abroad program, my thoughts turned to Flint, Michigan.    Yes, Flint, Michigan.   You may recall, Flint is the city that had too much lead in the drinking water. A government switch […]

Opinion: U.S. paper tariffs impact the Chronicle

Posted on: August 7, 2018 | 26 Av 5778 by Rob Golub

  If you’re whitewater rafting and notice some unexpectedly busy rapids up ahead, best to give it your full attention. Here at the Chronicle, we can see the white froth just around the bend. It has our attention. What shall we do? The tussle over international trade has come home to the Chronicle. As you […]

Opinion: Are you not watching ‘Fauda’ on Netflix?

Opinion: Are you not watching ‘Fauda’ on Netflix?

Posted on: July 9, 2018 | 26 Tammuz 5778 by Rob Golub

  If you are not watching “Fauda” on Netflix, I must ask, are you seriously not watching “Fauda” on Netflix? “Fauda” is an Israeli-made TV show about the conflict. It’s a work of fiction, about the undercover efforts of an Israel Defense Forces unit, trying to outsmart elements of Hamas. The best parts of the […]

Opinion: Gaza in my dreams

Opinion: Gaza in my dreams

Posted on: May 31, 2018 | 17 Sivan 5778 by Rob Golub

  In my dreams, I can see a better way in Gaza. Palestinians spent weeks engaged in a “Great March of Return,” a series of protests at the Gaza-Israel border that have included gunfire at Israel Defense Forces soldiers, throwing rocks and rolling burning tires at the security fence. Palestinians have been wounded and killed […]

Israel is my Jewish state, your Jewish state

Posted on: February 15, 2018 | 30 Shevat 5778 by Rob Golub

International politics is roiling, like a pot that needs its lid lifted. We hear of controversial news regarding Israel – does it ever leave you feeling angry or conflicted? Has Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s questionable attentiveness to Diaspora relations left you wondering? No doubt, the news out of Israel can be difficult to synthesize at […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]