Opinions

First person: On ‘Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor’

Posted on: January 3, 2019 | 26 Tevet 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

  Israel and Palestine. For many in the Jewish community, these two words conjure up a slew of images, memories and feelings. Knowing those feelings is a good idea for anyone embarking on this year’s Milwaukee Jewish Community Read, Yossi Klein Halevi’s “Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor.” It will prove helpful in encounters with ideas […]

Baraboo: What’s beyond outrage?

Baraboo: What’s beyond outrage?

Posted on: January 3, 2019 | 26 Tevet 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

  When the photo of Baraboo High School students posing before prom, arms raised in a Nazi salute, hit the Internet, the response was widespread outrage. That outrage was well placed; the image of a large group of boys in central Wisconsin with their arms raised in the gesture of obedience to Adolf Hitler is […]

Opinion: After Pittsburgh, what does Milwaukee do now?

Opinion: After Pittsburgh, what does Milwaukee do now?

Posted on: December 3, 2018 | 25 Kislev 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

  Weeks have passed since the shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. What do we do now? Of course, we remember and memorialize those who were murdered. Of course, we reevaluate and improve security measures at our institutions. But those responses do not address the question that I am asking. I am asking what we should do when the […]

Opinion: Trump is dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism

Posted on: December 3, 2018 | 25 Kislev 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

  President Trump’s visit Oct. 30 to the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh – where an anti-Semitic gunman murdered 11 Jews gathered in prayer Oct. 27 – was an important gesture that symbolized national mourning and unity in the face of a horrific tragedy. The visit showed President Trump’s deep concern for the welfare […]

Opinion: Trump has stirred up a hornet’s nest of anti-Semitism

Posted on: December 3, 2018 | 25 Kislev 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

On Oct. 27, an anti-Semitic murderer whose name isn’t worth the paper it’s written on, walked into the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, shouted “All Jews must die,” and opened fire. Eleven congregants were killed, and four police officers and two others were wounded. The rampage was the deadliest […]

Opinion: Mother’s milk and America’s future

Posted on: December 3, 2018 | 25 Kislev 5779 by Rob Golub

  During the summer of 2018, my husband and I took a Rhine River Boat Cruise to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.  As Jews, we never imagined that we would ever want to take such a journey, but Germany today is not the same Germany of World War II. Among all the nations of the […]

From our opinion pages: Donald Trump in his own words

Posted on: November 29, 2018 | 21 Kislev 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

Opinion: Make America a light unto the nations again

Posted on: November 29, 2018 | 21 Kislev 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

  I have purposely withheld these remarks until after the mid-term elections because I do not want my concerns to be relegated to either a Republican or a Democratic political perspective. As a Jewish American, I have voted for candidates from both parties numerous times, always with the hope that their election will make our […]

How Ma Bell changed my life

Posted on: November 1, 2018 | 23 Heshvan 5779 by Special to the Chronicle

  I owe the greatest happiness in my life to the Wisconsin Telephone Company. It happened when I was 14 years old, and it was the answer to a prayer. At that time, my parents and I lived in the small town of South Milwaukee (population 12,000 and about 20 miles from the much bigger […]

Editor’s Desk: Make a difference – Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6

Posted on: October 31, 2018 | 22 Heshvan 5779 by Rob Golub

  My, how things have changed since 2014. In 2014, we saw riots in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, President Obama initiated relations with Cuba and a Malaysian Airlines flight mysteriously disappeared (wreckage was later found). It was a time of racial strife and political division, with Ferguson serving as no small example. Yet […]