Opinions

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, […]

Opinion / Dear Marvel Comics: Suicide bombs are bad

Posted on: December 2, 2019 | 4 Kislev 5780 by Rob Golub

As some of you know, I’m a huge comic book geek. I don’t read a lot of the modern superhero comics, yet I was interested in Marvel’s ongoing relaunch of the X-Men titles. The X-Men comics and movies are now owned by the same company – Disney – for the first time in a long […]

America should not abandon the Kurds

Posted on: November 8, 2019 | 10 Heshvan 5780 by Rob Golub

President Trump’s decision to abandon our U.S. allies, the Kurds, is a grave error. There are two problems with it. First, we are on the wrong side. It’s a matter of right and wrong. The Kurds are – or are least have been – U.S. allies who fought for many years against Saddam Hussein and […]

America should not abandon the Kurds

Posted on: November 4, 2019 | 6 Heshvan 5780 by Rob Golub

President Trump’s decision to abandon our U.S. allies, the Kurds, is a grave error. There are two problems with it. First, we are on the wrong side. It’s a matter of right and wrong. The Kurds are – or are least have been – U.S. allies who fought for many years against Saddam Hussein and […]

An open letter to Rep. Gwen Moore

An open letter to Rep. Gwen Moore

Posted on: August 27, 2019 | 26 Av 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

Dear Rep. Moore, As voting constituents of your district we must express our personal disappointment and dismay at your recent vote against HR 246. Your public opposition to a resolution condemning the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign and its efforts to isolate and delegitimize the Jewish state, the only democracy in the Middle East, is […]

Opinion: Do Orthodox Jews look down on others?

Posted on: August 7, 2019 | 6 Av 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

“Why do Orthodox Jews think they’re ‘holier than thou,’ even with the way they dress?” This comment was expressed to me by another Jew, who noted that some other Jews hold this same viewpoint. If so, I wonder whether some Jews view devotees of other religions in a similar vein, or whether this sentiment is […]

Editor’s Desk: On Israel, the truth takes a beating in local media

Posted on: July 31, 2019 | 28 Tammuz 5779 by Rob Golub

I’m usually a passionate defender of the media. I’ll be with friends or family or out in the world somewhere, or on the phone with a reader. I’ll be told the New York Times or some other media organization is anti-Israel. They say it to me in particular because I’ve worked in the media most […]