Rabbi Hillel Goldberg, PhD
Fifty years ago, Rabbi Goldberg started his journalistic career with high school buddy Dick Gould. Together, they published their own newspaper. One year later, their magazine, Tempo, was featured in Time.
Since then, Rabbi Goldberg has earned rabbinic ordination in Jerusalem, a doctorate in Jewish intellectual history at Brandeis, and has taught at The Hebrew University (Jerusalem) and Emory (Atlanta).
He has written for the IJN for over 50 years, 12 years as its Israel correspondent (1972-1983). During his time in Israel, he penned a weekly column, The View from Jerusalem. He was executive editor from 1983-2017, when he became editor and publisher. He has won first-place journalism awards in news, features, profiles, arts, editorials, commentary, reportage from Israel and graphic design.
Rabbi Goldberg is an expert on the Musar movement, and has published three books on the subject. He has published two Hebrew volumes on the Vilna Gaon’s understanding of the laws of mikveh.
Book Reviews (selected)
Rabbi Goldberg has written an extensive amount of book reviews, published in the Intermountain Jewish News as well well as other leading Jewish media.
Fire, Ice, Air: A Memoir Beginning in Siberia, by Rabbi Simcha Shafran
Between My Father and the Old Fool, by Maeir Cahan
The Girl in the Green Sweater, by Krystyna Chiger
The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival, by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen
Faith Amid the Flames by Yosef Golding (available via request)
Ruth, by Yael Ziegler
Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution, by Yehuda Mirsky
Vision and Valor: An Illustrated History of the Talmud, by Rabbi Berel Wein
Climbing Jacob’s Ladder, by Alan Morinis
The 28th of Iyar, by Rabbi Emanuel Feldman
Saul Lieberman: The Man and His Work, by Elijah Shochet and Solomon Spiro
The Struggle for Israel’s Soul, by Yoram Hazony
From Hilltop to Hilltop, by Heather Gelb
Reb Leizer, by Yisroel Besser
My Shoshana, by Rabbi Refael Grossman
There Are No Basketball Courts in Heaven, by Dovid Landesman
The Prime Ministers, Yehuda Avner
Dreams Never Dreamed, by Kalman Samuels
Genesis: A Parsha Companion, by David Forhman
Reviewed in Tradition Journal’s “Important Books” feature
Warrior: An Autobiography by Ariel Sharon with David Chanoff (Simon & Schuster)
Rememberings: The World of a Russian Jewish Woman in the Nineteenth Century by Pauline Wengeroof. (Translated by Henny Wenkart)
Exploring Jewish Tradition: A Transliterated Guide to Everyday Practice and Observance by Abraham B. Witty and Rachel J. Witty
In Praise of Public Life by Joseph I. Lieberman (Simon & Schuster)
Moses on Management: 50 Leadership Lessons From the Greatest Manager of All Time by David Baron with Lynette Padwas
The Half-Jewish Book: A Celebration by Daniel Klein and Freke Vuijst
God is Proof Enough by Walter S. Wurzburger
Marital Intimacy: A Traditional Jewish Approach by Avraham Peretz Friedman