Opinions

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.    […]

Opinion: Black Lives Matter is not what it seems 

Posted on: August 14, 2020 | 24 Av 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

  Just one month ago, I was shocked the very first day it was suggested that all over America police departments be defunded. Now we are seeing these out–of–control sentiments go nationwide. This began in Minneapolis; now there is serious talk in New York, Los Angeles Chicago and right here in Milwaukee. Worse still, police […]

Message from Emma Jacobson, age 10: If we wear masks, we can stop the virus 

Message from Emma Jacobson, age 10: If we wear masks, we can stop the virus 

Posted on: August 3, 2020 | 13 Av 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

Do you like COVID-19? Because I know I don’t. Do you like not being able to go to school and see your friends or talking to them from social distance? Because I don’t. Do you like having your camps or play dates canceled? Because I don’t.   But if we wear masks every time we go […]

Opinion: When will we breathe? 

Posted on: June 30, 2020 | 8 Tammuz 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

  The words “I can‘t breathe” will never again have a simple meaning in our country. For many of us, regardless of race, those words will symbolize something far different. They are symptomatic of a pandemic that has taken – not just the more than 100,000 lives claimed by COVID-19, but a pandemic that has […]

Editor’s Desk: We can fix policing in America 

Editor’s Desk: We can fix policing in America 

Posted on: June 30, 2020 | 8 Tammuz 5780 by Rob Golub

  You cannot crush the life out of someone on Minnesota pavement like it’s nothing.   This is not justice.   A person of color, approached by an officer, should not have to feel fear, a fear I can only imagine because of my privilege. Put another way, a police officer’s patience must not be determined by […]

Opinion: How to overcome racism – Jewishly and rationally 

Opinion: How to overcome racism – Jewishly and rationally 

Posted on: June 26, 2020 | 4 Tammuz 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

Once again, racism has come to the fore in society. Not that it has ever come close to going away, but progress was made after the turbulent 1960s, such as in an upward social mobility of many African American people and the elections of President Obama.   However, many were left behind and still subject to […]

First Person: Defeat antisemitism with love

First Person: Defeat antisemitism with love

Posted on: June 15, 2020 | 23 Sivan 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

There is a lot being said about antisemitism these days. So much, maybe, that everything that there is to say has been said. Even so, I would like to share some of my thoughts on this subject and what we can do about it. Antisemitism seems to have been around ever since the days of […]

Commentary: We must defeat gun violence

Posted on: April 24, 2020 | 30 Nisan 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

Did you know that there have been more than 551 deaths due to gun-related violence so far in the United States this year? The digital Gun Violence Archive has recorded many deaths, and there had only been 36 days of 2020 when I did my research. The percentage of gun-related deaths in the U.S. is […]

Commentary: Love in the time of coronavirus

Commentary: Love in the time of coronavirus

Posted on: April 21, 2020 | 27 Nisan 5780 by Special to the Chronicle

Gabriel García Márquez’s “Love in the Time of Cholera” has been on my mind this past week. Set in South America (some say Colombia) near the turn of the 20th century, the novel concerns a series of fraught relationships between its protagonists, one of whom is a doctor who aims to eradicate the disease. While […]