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Wisconsin rabbis: Judaism requires vaccination 

Wisconsin rabbis: Judaism requires vaccination 

Posted on: October 28, 2021 | 22 Heshvan 5782 by Special to the Chronicle

The Wisconsin Council of Rabbis approved the following statement unanimously.   Over and over again, Jewish values and Jewish law prioritize health and life above everything else. As members of the Wisconsin Council of Rabbis, in conjunction with every mainstream rabbinical organization, we believe that Judaism requires all of us to be vaccinated against COVID-19, as […]

Opinion: Dave Chappelle’s comedy and the invisible Jewish people 

Opinion: Dave Chappelle’s comedy and the invisible Jewish people 

Posted on: October 28, 2021 | 22 Heshvan 5782 by Rob Golub

  The Internet and media are glowing with anger. It’s the kind of anger that can precede a career-dismantling “cancellation” in our current culture.   Regardless of whether the current target, comedian Dave Chappelle, deserves that, I do, as a Jew, find it disturbing that there’s a digital mob roaming around and meting out justice. We […]

Opinion: What are ethical wills? And what’s Jewish about them? 

Opinion: What are ethical wills? And what’s Jewish about them? 

Posted on: October 28, 2021 | 22 Heshvan 5782 by Special to the Chronicle

  It hit me like a strong punch to the gut. During a keynote address, the speaker asked us if we knew the names of our grandparents. Most in attendance raised their hands. He then asked us if we knew the names and something about all eight of our great-grandparents. Less than half responded. I […]

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 […]