Let Me Cre­ate a Par­adise, God Said to Him­self: A Jour­ney of Con­science From Johan­nes­burg to Jerusalem

Hirsh Good­man
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By – March 23, 2012

Auto­bi­ogra­phies are great tools to learn about peri­ods and places. Hirsh Goodman’s auto­bi­og­ra­phy is a per­fect tool to learn about Israel, its great­ness and its foibles. 

Good­man arrives in Israel from South Africa filled with Zion­ist fer­vor. Over the next four decades his impres­sions and under­stand­ing of Israel devel­op and mature. He sees a real Israel with much to offer, but also an Israel with many imperfections. 

As a jour­nal­ist, Hirsh Good­man had a front row seat at many piv­otal events in Israel’s growth and devel­op­ment. Some of those events may have been major dis­ap­point­ments but they nev­er shat­tered his con­vic­tion that Israel has a real mis­sion, that the State of Israel was cre­at­ed for a purpose. 

Some of the most pow­er­ful dimen­sions of this auto­bi­og­ra­phy emerge when the author sheds his pro­fes­sion­al cloak and reveals him­self as a father. It is then that we see a man grap­pling with his adopt­ed coun­try not through wit or intel­lect, but with his heart and with his soul.

Mic­ah D. Halpern is a colum­nist and a social and polit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor. He is the author of What You Need To Know About: Ter­ror, and main­tains The Mic­ah Report at www​.mic​ah​halpern​.com.

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