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Opinion: The supposedly ‘anti-racism’ bill is incompatible with Jewish values 

Opinion: The supposedly ‘anti-racism’ bill is incompatible with Jewish values 

Posted on: October 6, 2021 | 30 Tishri 5782 by Special to the Chronicle

  Almost one hundred years ago, Clarence Darrow challenged Tennessee law which prohibited the teaching of evolution. This became known as the “Scopes Monkey Trial”; the defendant was a high school science teacher.   Ninety years ago, with the explicit support of Hitler’s regime, the Nazi German Student Union rounded up any books written by Jewish, […]

Editor’s Desk: The antisemitism is real  

Posted on: September 3, 2021 | 26 Elul 5781 by Rob Golub

  Antisemitism is real and is having a significant impact. We’ve got to be aware.  I sometimes blow off some steam by visiting Reddit, a social media platform. It’s where people discuss the issues of the day and post things like, “How do I get a job like cookie inspector?”  That was posted on July […]

Editor’s Desk: It’s a new year and the pandemic is back 

Editor’s Desk: It’s a new year and the pandemic is back 

Posted on: September 1, 2021 | 24 Elul 5781 by Rob Golub

  I know you’re exhausted. The new year has arrived, and the pandemic is still on.   It’s like a slog through the mud, all this endless mask wearing, wondering how much mask wearing is appropriate, and thinking about vaccines and loved ones. It didn’t help that the rug was pulled out from under us.  It […]

D’Var Torah: Getting vaccinated is a moral act

D’Var Torah: Getting vaccinated is a moral act

Posted on: August 31, 2021 | 23 Elul 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

  The Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe) are quickly upon us. In years past, we may have felt as individuals that we are unprepared for the introspection this season demands. This year especially, the demands of our world have made the endeavor of preparing for this season even more pressing and important. Like last year, […]

Opinion: Holocaust education is sorely needed 

Posted on: August 3, 2021 | 25 Av 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

   Recently the state legislature passed a law requiring Holocaust education in Wisconsin public schools. This was extremely important not just for the Jewish community but for everyone. It will highlight how vigilant we, as a society, must be to make sure that these horrific acts in World War II are never repeated.   As a […]

Opinion: Reevaluating the centrality of worship in synagogues – the pandemic as both challenge and opportunity 

Posted on: July 12, 2021 | 3 Av 5781 by Rob Golub

   During my 30 years as a pulpit rabbi, a major focus of my week was the Shabbat worship service. While it is true that we all do much during the rest of the week, Shabbat and holiday services are seen by congregants and clergy as the center of our congregational lives. Education and social […]

Editor’s Desk: Let’s talk Israel – A quick guide for young Jews  

Editor’s Desk: Let’s talk Israel – A quick guide for young Jews  

Posted on: June 30, 2021 | 20 Tammuz 5781 by Rob Golub

  Hello, young Jews of the world! Honestly, I am somewhat concerned for your welfare.  You’re under pressure. Supporting Israel is turning uncool in some quarters, and you’re being challenged, sometimes even without you having brought it up. People are pressing you on Israel, or I fear they will, just because you’re Jewish. I’m sorry […]

Opinion: Pipeline 3 is a human rights, environmental and climate disaster … and the Climate Crisis is a Jewish issue 

Opinion: Pipeline 3 is a human rights, environmental and climate disaster … and the Climate Crisis is a Jewish issue 

Posted on: June 30, 2021 | 20 Tammuz 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

  My first tallit was based on the second verse of Genesis. Inscribed on the atarah/neckband was: V’ru’ach Elohim mirachefet al p’nai hamayim – “And the spirit of God hovered over the face of the water.” All that existed was God and water amid the void. My teacher, Rabbi David Wolfe-Blank z”l, taught that this […]

For Mother’s Day: Memories of mom are forever tied to ‘Chia’s Fish’ 

For Mother’s Day: Memories of mom are forever tied to ‘Chia’s Fish’ 

Posted on: May 5, 2021 | 23 Iyyar 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

  There is a beautiful Yiddish expression, Ein mama dergreykht mer vi a hundert lerers, which translates as “One mother achieves more than a hundred teachers.”  I was my mom’s (OBM) best pupil. I loved to learn from her and she loved to teach me. Our time together was priceless but as her health began […]

Editor’s Desk: Learned outrage in America 

Posted on: May 4, 2021 | 22 Iyyar 5781 by Rob Golub

  I’m astonished at how naïve I was as an undergraduate at Hofstra University on Long Island. I thought I was doing something. I now understand it as a nice memory, a little bit of action for the good, but so focused on a detail. I was lost in the woods and couldn’t see the […]