Author: Harold

Harold Goodman: some recent stuff.

Dear friends After a hiatus of two years, at least, I decided to post something here. A few years ago a reader chided me for not posting on a regular basis. He was right, of course, if I wanted to build a large audience. When people come to me...

When I was growing up I heard Yiddish everywhere.

When I was growing up I heard Yiddish everywhere. It was in the air, in the water and especially in the food. I grew up in New York City. My first few years were in Mid-town Manhattan but my earliest memories come from the Bronx where my family lived...

Torah, Judaism and Homosexuality. Let the Truth be known.

Today I wrote a review on a book, Judaism and homosexuality: an authentic orthodox approach. My review, which I had thought quite a lot about before posting ( I have thought about this matter for the last 48+ years of my life) was accepted on Amazon.com. However, Amazon. uk...

Work of Byron Katie

Around 2000 I came across the work ( or as she terms it The Work) of Byron Katie.Byron Katie is a woman who went through a transformative process in which she woke up from the state of sleep which characterizes the lives of most people. She ceased to be...

BM leads to expansion of Jewish experience.

The Library of Congress cataloging system uses the letter B to label books on religion. Most of the letter combinations in the system are devoted to Christianity which reflects the worldview of those who created this classification. It is, after all, the classification system for the US Congressional Library....

The rejected review.

I have been posting book reviews on Amazon.com for over ten years and, until today, have never had one be rejected. After the review was rejected I resubmitted it cutting out the references to the CD collection which Amazon suggests I include to provide credibility. Instead I mentioned that...

My journey as a Jew. A comment, a mish mash, a start.

One of our readers, Julian, has asked ( comment, 19 July, 2012;  http://learnetarium.com/2011/09/22/learn-foreign-languages-by-having-fun-reading-part-2/) about the different attitudes of secular and orthodox Jews. He specifically wonders, “Are these tensions similar (not identical) with the feelings of the Maccabees and the Hellenised Jews back in antiquity? “ This is a good...

Learning Hebrew in an Israeli Ulpan.

Previous to meeting Michel Thomas in the mid-90’s, my experience in learning languages was entirely based on using books and, in some cases, having others instruct me using more traditional approaches. However, I could never really communicate in any of these languages. In fact, the very idea of comfortably...

Tim Doner, an amazing polyglot.

When Timothy Doner, a 12 year old boy in New York City, was being instructed in Biblical Hebrew in preparation for his bar mitzvah, he became fascinated with the language. So he decided to learn Modern Hebrew. He bought a grammar book and found someone with whom to speak....