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My apologies for not posting over the past few days; I was traveling back from the Land of Milk and Honey to the Diaspora, where Helen Thomas apparently wants me to be. (That's not entirely accurate. One gets the feeling she'd rather have the Jews, or at least certain Jews, leave Washington, D.C. for the delightful Polish town of Oswiecim.)

In the meantime, I was delighted to see Helene Cooper describe Goldblog in The New York Times as "one of the most well-read blogs in the American Jewish community," though she neglected to mention that Goldblog is also one of the most well-read blogs in the American Nazi community. About the thesis of her piece, I have formed no definite opinion yet, but will do soon, if absolutely necessary. The same holds true for Michael Chabon's op-ed today, which pivots off Goldblogian thoughts to discuss the evergreen subject of Jewish seichel, or wisdom, and whether or not it actually exists, which I happen to think it does, even among Israel's leaders, though intermittently. I will formulate an opinion about Chabon's piece as well, and perhaps even invite him back to Goldblog to discuss, once again, the existential importance of hummus.

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Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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