Opinions

For Chanukah, this too shall pass 

For Chanukah, this too shall pass 

Posted on: December 2, 2020 | 16 Kislev 5781 by Rob Golub

  For Chanukah, I give you the gift of knowing whether you can remember old things like I do. If you can appreciate four or more of these eight items, you win.  I remember rolling up the window. I still roll up the window. I suspect younger folks are raising the window, since there’s nothing […]

Wisconsin Rabbi Hannah Wallick has advice for how we can all relate to one another 

Posted on: November 9, 2020 | 22 Heshvan 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

  Even before the pandemic, our society’s mental health was not always strong, and since the onset of the pandemic, it’s gotten worse.  What happens when we have a society of people interacting with one another in a state of stress, anguish, anxiety and depression? The results are not so positive. We do sometimes take […]

Editor’s Desk: Here are my values 

Posted on: October 7, 2020 | 19 Tishri 5781 by Rob Golub

  A wise friend advised me to share my values in this space. I said, I think the work should stand for itself. I was told, that’s nice but some may want to know, so share your values.  Okay, so as my grandfather used to say, here goes nothing. Here are some of my values.  […]

Opinion: Jewish anti-Zionist myths are unfair

Opinion: Jewish anti-Zionist myths are unfair

Posted on: September 25, 2020 | 7 Tishri 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

Zionism is a movement that says the Jewish people have value.   Only two out of every 1,000 people on earth today are Jews. They are outnumbered by at least some people among the remaining 998 either who want Jews and Judaism destroyed, or who don’t care if they are. Israel is the only place where we can be sure Jews’ safety is priority one, not priority 10,001.  I believe anybody opposing Israel’s existence as a Jewish […]

Opinion: Why be Zionist? 

Opinion: Why be Zionist? 

Posted on: September 25, 2020 | 7 Tishri 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

  Israel’s supporters should feel confident that standing up for the world’s only Jewish state, while acknowledging there are difficult challenges, is the right thing to do.     A growing number of university professors across the country along with so-called progressive politicians and activist speakers are advancing the antisemitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, because they […]

Opinion: Black Lives Matter deserves better 

Posted on: September 14, 2020 | 25 Elul 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

  I am the mother of four Black Jewish children who were raised in Milwaukee, and I feel compelled to raise my voice in alarm after reading the August edition of the Chronicle.     In the midst of the events of this summer, I have been encouraged as some Jewish leaders and groups here in Wisconsin […]

Opinion: Being Jewish should spur us to action for racial justice 

Opinion: Being Jewish should spur us to action for racial justice 

Posted on: September 4, 2020 | 15 Elul 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

  In the August edition of the Chronicle, the article, “Analysis: Black Lives Matter and pro-Israel are challenged as a combination,” missed the mark. Rather than focusing on reasons Jews should not support Black Lives Matter, we at Tikkun Ha-Ir are aligning our work with current calls for racial justice.  Rebbe Simcha Bunim of Przysucha […]

Opinion: Don’t delay surgical treatment due to fear of hospital exposure 

Posted on: September 2, 2020 | 13 Elul 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

Dr. Alysandra Lal is chief of surgery at Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital, Milwaukee.

On our pandemic September: We can do this 

On our pandemic September: We can do this 

Posted on: August 31, 2020 | 11 Elul 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

  Come September, it looks like at least some schooling and most High Holy Days services will be done virtually while most of us remain at home. That means that we will lose the live, large community interaction that has always been valued by Judaism and school learning.  As we make choices between live, online, […]

When I met John Lewis, I asked him a question 

When I met John Lewis, I asked him a question 

Posted on: August 30, 2020 | 10 Elul 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

  I first met John Lewis in 1968. I was 18 and I believe he was 27 at the time. Although I saw him a few times back then, I wouldn’t see him again until 2003, when I was working with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and doing a project with the Congressional Black Caucus.    […]