J.J. Goldberg


On Elvis' Yahrzeit, His Not So Secret Jewish History

By J.J. Goldberg

On Elvis' Yahrzeit, His Not So Secret Jewish History
Tablet magazine has a charming podcast (originally broadcast on Santa Monica public radio station KCRW-FM, they note) of Memphis native Harold Fruchter, son of the late Rabbi Alfred Fruchter, reminiscing about his family’s relationship with Elvis Presley. Elvis lived downstairs from the Fruchters as a teenager, befriended them and occasionally served as their Shabbos goy. Elvis’s and Harold’s mothers were friendly and Mrs. Fruchter sometimes helped the impoverished Presleys with the grocery bills. Fruchter says he once heard that Elvis had made a donation to a Jewish organization to honor the Fruchters, and he found that most gratifying.Read More


With All Due Respect, Can't My Critics Read?

By J.J. Goldberg

With All Due Respect, Can't My Critics Read?
Those who follow me online have observed that I don’t usually respond to my critics. I confess: I have a little fan club that hangs out in the Comments section and on my Facebook page, cursing my ancestry and generally whooping it up, and they seem to be having so much fun that I hate to spoil it. Besides, as Rabbi Tarfon used to say, life’s too short and there’s too much to do (Pirkei Avot 2:20). Usually, I figure the facts will speak for themselves.Read More


Who Leaked Israel's Top-Secret Briefing About Reoccupying Gaza?

By J.J. Goldberg

Who Leaked Israel's Top-Secret Briefing About Reoccupying Gaza?
Who leaked the Israeli Cabinet’s top-secret military briefing on reoccupying Gaza? A dozen people had the opportunity. Several had the motive. But the main suspect is Netanyahu himself.Read More


What Happens in Israel Doesn’t Stay in Israel

By J.J. Goldberg

What Happens in Israel Doesn’t Stay in Israel
Twenty years ago, a Buenos Aires car bomb revolutionized our thinking on anti-Semitism. In these days of global Jew-hatred, J.J. Goldberg says that lesson is more important than ever.Read More


An Israeli Novelist's Cry for Peace. A Rabbi's Reply

By J.J. Goldberg

An Israeli Novelist's Cry for Peace. A Rabbi's Reply
Novelist David Grossman spoke Saturday night at a peace rally at Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, sponsored by the Peace Now movement and the Meretz and Hadash parties, among others. It was attended by an estimated 7,000 to 10,000 people, which the left considered an impressive show of force and the right mocked as a failure. Grossman’s speech, an eloquent cri de coeur of Israel’s increasingly isolated antiwar left, was reprinted in Hebrew on Sunday on Ynet.co.il, the Hebrew-language website of Yediot Ahronot. (Thanks to Gary Brenner for urging me to translate it.)Read More



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