Opinions

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 […]

Opinion: How we get to a Jewish environmental ethic

Posted on: January 2, 2020 | 5 Tevet 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

It is cliché to call a catastrophe of “Biblical proportions,” but the consequences of global warming, climate migrations, pollution, species and habitat extinctions, and ocean degradation portend catastrophes of such proportions. Jewish faith and culture have long addressed our responsibility to the Earth and again invite a Jewish response. Torah, their source, is fundamentally about […]

Opinion: Thoughts for a dark time

Opinion: Thoughts for a dark time

Posted on: December 30, 2019 | 2 Tevet 5780 by Rob Golub

  For most of us, our daily lives aren’t impacted much, but we can feel the darkness.  It’s a heaviness in the air, pumped in by the anger of those who hate us for nothing. “It’s just a very sad feeling because of the baseless hatred that someone has for someone they don’t even know,” […]

Opinion: Do you see what I see? The spike in antisemitic incidents began when Trump took office

Posted on: December 2, 2019 | 4 Kislev 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

This is the season of the year when we all hear holiday songs and one of the most recognized has lyrics that include “Do you see what I see . . . Do you hear what I hear?” I have been thinking about those questions in relation to our Jewish community and President Trump.  This […]

Opinion: Our president has an interest in and a respect for the Jewish people

Posted on: December 2, 2019 | 4 Kislev 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

In August, Israel banned entry into the country by anti-Semitic BDS-supporting Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar. Among the media, Democrat politicians, and leftist organizations opposing the decision were Jewish individuals and entities, including, sadly, but not surprisingly, the Milwaukee Jewish Community Relations Council. The president of the United States, who supported the Israeli ban, […]