Opinions

Commentary: We must defeat gun violence

Posted on: April 24, 2020 | 30 Nisan 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

Did you know that there have been more than 551 deaths due to gun-related violence so far in the United States this year? The digital Gun Violence Archive has recorded many deaths, and there had only been 36 days of 2020 when I did my research. The percentage of gun-related deaths in the U.S. is […]

Commentary: Love in the time of coronavirus

Commentary: Love in the time of coronavirus

Posted on: April 21, 2020 | 27 Nisan 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

Gabriel García Márquez’s “Love in the Time of Cholera” has been on my mind this past week. Set in South America (some say Colombia) near the turn of the 20th century, the novel concerns a series of fraught relationships between its protagonists, one of whom is a doctor who aims to eradicate the disease. While […]

First Person: Am I the luckiest human on earth?

First Person: Am I the luckiest human on earth?

Posted on: April 8, 2020 | 14 Nisan 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

Dear Friends: If it seems strange that I feel like the luckiest human being on earth in the midst of a pandemic, well, color me strange, and a little conflicted. But at some level, this feels like a moment for which I’ve been preparing my whole life. There are reasons for this, reasons I wouldn’t […]

Opinion: Don’t conflate antisemitism and progressive politics

Posted on: March 4, 2020 | 8 Adar 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

  These past months have been rife with political drama – here in the United States and in Israel. I am writing this in early February so don’t know what has happened in recent weeks, but I cannot imagine they have been any less drama-filled thanks to ongoing Democratic primaries, yet another Israeli election, and […]

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 […]

Opinion: President Trump is not benefiting the Jewish people

Posted on: February 4, 2020 | 9 Shevat 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

  This is in response to Jim Beer’s opinion piece in the December 2019 Chronicle, “Donald Trump, Philo-Semite: Our president has an interest in and a respect for the Jewish people.” There were a number of issues brought up by the article. I will discuss them one by one: 1. The great majority of Democrats […]

Opinion: Trump does not understand what’s good for Israel

Posted on: February 4, 2020 | 9 Shevat 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

This is in response to Jim Beer’s opinion piece in the December 2019 Chronicle, “Donald Trump, Philo-Semite: Our president has an interest in and a respect for the Jewish people.” While I agree that President Trump may have an interest and respect for the Jewish people, he has a lack of understanding as to what […]

First person: ‘Jesus Wasn’t Killed by the Jews’

Posted on: February 3, 2020 | 8 Shevat 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

I’ve been a member of Congregation Shir Hadash in Milwaukee for going on three years. I enjoy Friday night services at shul, and Torah study, which is usually held in our home. I’m married to Shir’s spiritual leader, Rabbi Michal Woll. I’m not Jewish. I’m a Catholic. I’m also a writer and book publisher. After […]

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: UK Labour antisemitism a cautionary tale

Posted on: January 7, 2020 | 10 Tevet 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

In the wake of the overwhelming victory by Conservatives in the United Kingdom’s elections, American progressives need to be careful not to fall into the plight of the British Labour party. Among worthy causes, antisemitism festered in the party, initially cloaked under the guise of being “critical of Israel” (often with inaccurate information or vague […]