Opinions

Opinion: What G-d wants or what I want? 

Posted on: December 29, 2020 | 14 Tevet 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

  An oft-repeated joke is of a passionate golfer who was battling the urge to play on Yom Kippur. Succumbing to his urge, he played early in the morning so he could still attend services. Miraculously, he scored a hole-in-one on every green — afterwards realizing in agony that he could not brag to anyone […]

Opinion: Whitewashing FDR’s abandonment of the Jews 

Posted on: December 29, 2020 | 14 Tevet 5781 by Special to the Chronicle

  Franklin D. Roosevelt is widely remembered as a strong leader who boldly led America out of the Great Depression and to the brink of victory in World War II. Yet when it comes to the Holocaust, some defenders of FDR’s record want us to believe he was not responsible for keeping Jewish refugees out […]

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.