Joseph Aaron

Stupid talk

For a people that are supposed to be so smart, we sure say a lot of stupid things. I let most of them go. It’s just not worth the emotional energy to bother commenting on…


The lessons of Poway

Please please can we make what happened in Poway, California about Lori Gilbert-Kaye and not about John Earnest. Now you may not even realize that John Earnest is the name of the butcher who walked…


Despicable behavior

So after the Mueller report came out, one of the networks sent a reporter to a town that had overwhelming voted for Trump in 2016 and interviewed a bunch of people who said they are…


Frustrated

Well, now I know there is a Jewish version of Donald Trump. And he’s right here in Chicago. From the start let me admit that my nerves are pretty raw these days. My mother passed…


My mom is gone

I am an orphan. My father died 38 years ago and I don’t know if it was because I was much younger or because he had been so sick for so long, had so long…


Shandapalooza

And the shandahs just keep on coming. It is now getting beyond belief. A couple of weeks ago, we learned in very quick succession that one of the most prestigious rabbis in London had to…


Jewish crazy town

It tells you everything you need to know about how fast and furious the crazy is happening these days in the Jewish world, that I began my column last week with the words ‘what in…


Out of control

I consider it entrapment. I had vowed to myself that I wasn’t going to write about either Bibi or Trump this week. I got this voicemail message from someone named Shoshana, who launched into a…


Not normal

I feel like we’ve forgotten what’s normal. We’re living in such crazy times, where so much crazy is going on, so much that is not normal, so much that would have shocked us but a…


Kraft and Kahane

I told you so. I know it’s not polite to say that, but I did. I told you that the greatest danger to Jews today is not anti-Semitism but chilul Hashem. We all focus on…