J.J. Goldberg


So You Really Think Liberal Zionism Is Dead?

By J.J. Goldberg

So You Really Think Liberal Zionism Is Dead?
Liberal Zionism might have taken a beating during the Gaza war, writes J.J. Goldberg. But with the dust settling, there are surprising signs that a two-state agenda is alive and well.Read More


Labor Day Movie Time: Once Were Unions

By J.J. Goldberg

Labor Day Movie Time: Once Were Unions
Before saying goodbye to Labor Day weekend and heading back to work and school tomorrow morning, here’s a movie to get you into the spirit of Labor Day. It’s an hour-long documentary called “The Inheritance,” and believe me, it’s a great way to spend an evening. It was made in 1964 for the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, back when the Amalgamated was still the living, beating heart of a still living and breathing American Jewish labor movement. It’s as moving a film today as it was then, and a thousand times more important. (Full disclosure: I grew up in the Amalgamated. My father spent nearly all his adult life working there, first as an economist, then as a lawyer.)Read More


On Gaza, an Israeli Scribe Holds Up a Harsh Mirror

By J.J. Goldberg

On Gaza, an Israeli Scribe Holds Up a Harsh Mirror
In an unusual step, Ynet has published an English translation of Nahum Barnea’s weekly Friday column from the August 28 Yediot Ahronot weekend supplement. It’s a powerful indictment of the way the Gaza war was managed, its costs to Israel’s long-term security and political integrity. He talks to the soldiers and officers as well as the cabinet ministers and shows you not just what was done wrong but also what was done very right.Read More


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



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