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Opinion: Jewish Republicans have a path 

Posted on: January 5th, 2023 | 12 Tevet 5783 by Special to the Chronicle

Thirty three percent of American Jews who participated in the midterm elections voted Republican, according to a Fox News exit poll. While some dispute the findings, it is quite a startling number if you consider the tone of the recent election – with charges of antisemitism, fascism, and threats to democracy swirling over Republican candidates. […]

Commentary: Why I won’t read ‘The Boy in the Striped Pajamas’ sequel

Commentary: Why I won’t read ‘The Boy in the Striped Pajamas’ sequel

Posted on: January 5th, 2023 | 12 Tevet 5783 by Special to the Chronicle

As a Holocaust scholar and public historian, it is not very often that I discourage students, educators and friends from reading a book. Knowledge is power, and I am a firm believer in the strengthening of education and curiosity through both fiction and nonfiction literature. In the case of John Boyne’s The Boy in the […]

Opinion: My trip to the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain

Opinion: My trip to the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain

Posted on: January 5th, 2023 | 12 Tevet 5783 by Special to the Chronicle

At the opulent and grand Emirates Palace, over delicious cardamom spiced Arabian coffee, we asked the Emirati minister of foreign affairs: After spending time in Israel negotiating the Abraham Accords what did he see as the difference between Israelis and Emiratis?  He paused, and with a twinkle in his eye replied, “When we Emiratis must […]

Opinion: Dave Chappelle’s unacceptable moment

Opinion: Dave Chappelle’s unacceptable moment

Posted on: January 3rd, 2023 | 10 Tevet 5783 by Special to the Chronicle

Dave Chappelle recently delivered an antisemitic monologue on Saturday Night Live that included a defense of Kanye West and Kyrie Irving. It was an unacceptable moment in television.   First, let’s look at SNL’s culpability and gain, at the expense of the Jews. SNL reportedly was surprised by Chappelle’s monologue because it differed from what had […]

‘Spaceballs’: A review, in 2022 

‘Spaceballs’: A review, in 2022 

Posted on: December 23rd, 2022 | 29 Kislev 5783 by Special to the Chronicle

  When one thinks about the filmography of writer and director Mel Brooks, a few words come to mind: silly, overt and shameless; just to name a few. The Jewish director has parodied just about every genre of film from westerns, “Blazing Saddles” (1974), to horror, “Young Frankenstein” (1974)..Nowhere is Brooks’ writing and directing style […]

Opinion: What do you see in these faces? I see the roots of early Zionism, and much to wonder over 

Opinion: What do you see in these faces? I see the roots of early Zionism, and much to wonder over 

Posted on: December 5th, 2022 | 11 Kislev 5783 by Special to the Chronicle

Have you traveled to Israel? Maybe more than once. Also bought a State of Israel Bond or planted a tree there. All good, but what did your grandparents and great-grandparents do to support the country, well before it existed?   My mother handed me a faded brown folder, stuffed thick with old family photos. One antique […]

Opinion: Abortion in Torah thought – a lot of gray 

Opinion: Abortion in Torah thought – a lot of gray 

Posted on: October 27th, 2022 | 2 Heshvan 5783 by Special to the Chronicle

  The abortion issue raises raw emotions on both sides of the political spectrum. Strong feelings are often backed up by strong words, from both sides of the aisle, red and blue. When it comes to what the Torah has to say about the issue, oftentimes people might assume that the approach is open and […]

Opinion: In response to hate, I proposed a campaign of love 

Opinion: In response to hate, I proposed a campaign of love 

Posted on: October 27th, 2022 | 2 Heshvan 5783 by Special to the Chronicle

  Three years ago, I was grateful to ascend to the bimah of this loving and warm 100+-year-old shul in the heart of the “Driftless Area” of southeastern Wisconsin. I knew this was a special place. The Driftless Area is so-called because it never experienced the drift of glaciers during the last Ice Age. It […]

Editor’s Desk: Thank you, Jeff German – a product of Jewish Milwaukee, the investigative journalist who was slain in Las Vegas has set an example 

Editor’s Desk: Thank you, Jeff German – a product of Jewish Milwaukee, the investigative journalist who was slain in Las Vegas has set an example 

Posted on: October 4th, 2022 | 9 Tishri 5783 by Rob Golub

  I feel like I knew Jeff German, the Jewish Milwaukee boy who moved to Las Vegas.  I know the type, the fearless journalist who lives in the job. When I was an editor at a daily, I felt like I worried about that reporter on my staff more than they worried about themselves. They […]

Opinion: The antisemitism was real in 1950s Milwaukee – I was there and I remember 

Opinion: The antisemitism was real in 1950s Milwaukee – I was there and I remember 

Posted on: September 30th, 2022 | 5 Tishri 5783 by Special to the Chronicle

I read with interest the article by Alan Wolkenstein, “Antisemitism remembered.” This was a well written article bringing back many memories of my youth. I’m sure that many long time Milwaukee residents recall stories from their parents or grandparents with similar experiences.  My parents faced the same housing discrimination when they searched for housing in […]