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.