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Hillel Goldberg
Hillel Goldberg

IJN Executive Editor | hillel@ijn.com

Shimmering paradoxes

“WHEN a child is born and comes into the world, all are rapturous with joy — and the child itself is crying and wailing. When someone dies and his life-spirit leaves...

Hunted like an animal, living like a human being

Color me skeptical. And color me wrong. First, I receive a Holocaust memoir — another one. They come almost once a week, it seems. Second, a Holocaust memoir published...

A civil right is not necessarily a human right

Acivil right and a human right are generally taken to be synonymous, but upon reflection not every civil right is a human right. In fact, some civil rights contradict...

Life and death

You decide. Shana, a school teacher in Florida, needs a bone marrow transplant. Otherwise, she will die. Reuven lives in Seattle. He signed up with a bone marrow...

Unanticipated responses to Orthodox-Reform fissures

My entire adult life I’ve been hearing about the coming demise of the American Jewish community. The first such prediction, some 40 years ago, went like this: The...

A generation ends with Aunt Flo’s passing

I always called her Aunt Flo, though it was said that everyone called her Flossie. Either way, Florence Goodman, nee Goldberg, was the last of the Goldbergs of her...

Who favors a Palestinian state? No one, really

On the face of it, Obama is liberal, Netanyahu is conservative, and the explosion is only waiting to happen. Variation: The European Union wants a Palestinian state,...

This is not a dream, this is not a mistake, this is not a lie

Never have I said that a book was excellent in every way — moving, meaningful, graceful, accessible, beautifully laid out, impossible to put down — and also said:...

Where heroes are still alluring

My Dad never retired, my Mom isn’t retired, and I don’t want to retire, so take this with a grain of salt: When I retire, I want to be a  kindergarten teacher. The...

Madoff, Daschle ?

When you submit a book proposal to a publisher, you typically include a prospective table of contents. If you were to write a book about the economic collapse of 2008 —...