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Opinion: We fought so hard for equality. We thought we won, and here we are again. We must act. 

Opinion: We fought so hard for equality. We thought we won, and here we are again. We must act. 

Posted on: August 5, 2022 | 8 Av 5782 by Special to the Chronicle

  I attended my first pride parade when I was 10 days old. On the corner of 15th Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, my sister, Emily, and I napped in our shady stroller, which was absolutely covered in miniature rainbow flags.   Countless LGBTQ members and allies stopped to take in what appeared like a […]

Opinion: Less freedom means less dignity – A Jewish American’s concern 

Opinion: Less freedom means less dignity – A Jewish American’s concern 

Posted on: August 5, 2022 | 8 Av 5782 by Special to the Chronicle

  Depending on circumstance, Halakha regards prospective abortions as permissible or not, advisable, or even required. Halakha takes a balanced view, as it weighs many considerations in play. As an American and a Jew, I have found proper the latitude American law has – from Roe until now – given Americans to approach abortion from […]

Opinion: We’re not strangers to the plight of strangers – I invite you to join our hard-working grassroots effort 

Opinion: We’re not strangers to the plight of strangers – I invite you to join our hard-working grassroots effort 

Posted on: August 4, 2022 | 7 Av 5782 by Special to the Chronicle

  Imagine you’re a 17-year-old boy from abroad whose parents have both belief in the value of education and the means to achieve it — sufficient means to send you to a private boarding school in the United States for high school as the first step to an American university education.   As your senior year […]

Antisemitism remembered: Just a young Jewish couple looking for an apartment in Milwaukee in 1933 

Antisemitism remembered: Just a young Jewish couple looking for an apartment in Milwaukee in 1933 

Posted on: July 28, 2022 | 29 Tammuz 5782 by Special to the Chronicle

  It was early autumn in 1964 and Kathy and I were engaged to be married on Nov. 1. We were caught up in the seemingly millions of things to do for the wedding. We were talking with my folks and her mom in Florida as we ironed out the details. All but one. What […]

Opinion: Jewish in a North Shore school  – my challenges as a parent when kids are unkind 

Opinion: Jewish in a North Shore school  – my challenges as a parent when kids are unkind 

Posted on: June 14, 2022 | 15 Sivan 5782 by Special to the Chronicle

  My heart aches as my head panics. My child came home again from school with a play-by-play of sideline reporting from recess. Depending on the day, a peer got picked on for looking different, acting different or sounding different. Again.      This feels like a conversation between a child and a 1939 war-torn Polish mommy. […]

Opinion: I’m a ‘sensitivity reader’ – I’d like to see more Jewish representation in children’s books 

Opinion: I’m a ‘sensitivity reader’ – I’d like to see more Jewish representation in children’s books 

Posted on: June 8, 2022 | 9 Sivan 5782 by Special to the Chronicle

  I have always been a voracious reader. As a child I was a flashlight-under-the-covers reader. A buckled-up-road-trip reader. A rainy-day-cozy-nook reader. A just-one-more-chapter! reader. I gobbled up historical fiction, poetry, joke books, mysteries, Sunday comics, and a well-worn issue of Dog Fancy magazine my Papa bought me at the airport. I revisited the girls […]

For Passover, the Chronicle asked, how do you feel about having the same name as Moses’ spouse?  

For Passover, the Chronicle asked, how do you feel about having the same name as Moses’ spouse?  

Posted on: April 5, 2022 | 4 Nisan 5782 by Special to the Chronicle

  At birth, I was given an English name along with the Hebrew name Tziporah. The English name (ask me sometime) was a name my parents liked. I always hated it. Tziporah was after my paternal great-grandmother, Faigel Weinberg. Faigel and Tziporah both mean bird.  I always felt connected to my Hebrew name. I heard […]

Editor’s Desk: Putin’s war is maddening and obscene  

Editor’s Desk: Putin’s war is maddening and obscene  

Posted on: March 30, 2022 | 27 Adar II 5782 by Rob Golub

  As I write these words, I’m heartbroken by what Ukrainians — both Jewish and non-Jewish — have endured.   On the news apps, and on TV, we watched the map of Ukraine change daily, a smidgen at a time. Red, which just happens to be the color of blood, slowly spread inward from the edges. […]

Opinion: Why now? Why Jewish? As Purim approaches, we, too, can find courage 

Opinion: Why now? Why Jewish? As Purim approaches, we, too, can find courage 

Posted on: March 3, 2022 | 30 Adar I 5782 by Special to the Chronicle

  My memories of Judaism as a child are primarily composed of visceral and sweet moments.  Sinking my teeth into a perfectly dense and crunchy bagel, with a bite of salty lox and a lick of cream cheese. Tightness in my chest as I resisted gasping for air holding the long note of “Ve’imeruuuuuuu…..” during […]

First person: The view from the Homeland Security Summit 

Posted on: January 18, 2022 | 16 Shevat 5782 by Special to the Chronicle

  Many of you have probably never heard of the Secure Community Network, but it’s an important Jewish community watchdog, and I was glad to represent our Jewish community at the Network’s Homeland Security Summit.  The Secure Community Network is the official homeland security and safety initiative of the organized Jewish community in North America. Founded in 2004, under the auspices of The Jewish Federations of […]