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Hillel Goldberg
Hillel Goldberg

IJN Executive Editor | hillel@ijn.com

What is happening to our country?

What is happening to our country? Something much larger than a radical polarization  between left and right. Nazi analogies inevitably fail not only because, contra...

Too old to crawl like a rat into a dark hole

Everybody is talking about how the Six Day War changed Israel forever. It’s true, but it’s also not true. There is no better evidence for the enduring...

Every breath makes a difference

JERUSALEM — Every breath, every step, every word, every glance, every blessing recited, every mile traveled, every moment, makes a difference. In the Holy Land, every...

Self-repairing potholes

I can’t wait until self-driving cars dominate the roads, not because I want one myself. I actually like to drive and won’t let anybody take away my steering wheel,...

Speechless on Shavuos

Props. Rituals. Everywhere. Rosh Hashanah — shofar. Sukkos —  lulav, etrog, sukkah. Chanukah? Candles. Tu b’Shevat: trees. Passover: matzah. The Jewish calendar...

June, 1967: I.T. and I rode the crest

“I. T.,” I called my best friend in college. I.T. and I had quite a reputation for activism, having (among other projects) saved the JTS library after it suffered a...

Yossi Fried, top row, second from left, with his unit in 1967.

Denverite in the war in 1967

Israel has changed, but the memories of 1967 have not. At least not if you served in that decisive war. The politics have colored the intervening years. Was this war,...

Rabbi Shlomo Goren blows the shofar at the liberated Western Wall. June 10, 1967. (David Rubinger)

Suddenly

It didn’t seem particularly unusual at the time. It just seemed like a workable — and free — living arrangement. But in May-June, 1968, I was one of only two Jews...

A scoundrel with a Torah license

Last week’s Torah portion famously commands, “You shall be holy, because I the L-rd your G-d am holy.” What is holiness? On the spot, the Torah gives no clue. We...

They’re studying me for $750,000

Unfortunately, I don’t get any of the money. Maybe not to Donald Trump, but to the rest of us, $750,000 is a lot of money. It’s being used to study me. It’s an...