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Harold Brackman received his doctorate in from UCLA in 1977 for a dissertation on the history of African American-Jewish relations. After a decade in academic teaching, he joined the Simon Wiesenthal and its Museum of Tolerance as a senior consultant on the history of global anti-Semitism and racism and intergroup relations in the US. His latest book (coauthored with Ephraim Isaac) is From Abraham to Obama: A History of Jews, Africans, and African Americans (Africa World Press, 2015).

ARTICLES BY: Harold Brackman

February 23, 2021 3:03 pm

A Tale of Two Jewish Prophets

A leader is abreast of his or her times. A prophet is in advance of theirs -- sometimes, by too much. And we now have...

February 16, 2021 1:43 pm

Superman Was There When Jews Needed Him Most

In the Spring of 1938, Cleveland was abuzz with talk of “The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run.” He was never apprehended, although Cleveland’s Public Safety...

February 10, 2021 11:59 am

Jacques Faïtlovitch and Ethiopian Jews

World traveler Jacques Faïtlovitch was born in Lodz and educated at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris. His teacher, Jewish scholar Joseph Halévy, inspired...

February 3, 2021 7:57 am

What Louis Armstrong Said About African-Americans and Jews in Music

Mutual indebtedness -- and reciprocal “gift giving” -- are at the core of the relationships between African-Americans and Jews. In the realm of popular music,...

January 27, 2021 7:21 am

Why Are Jews Seen as ‘White’?

As critics have noted, American Jews today are often characterized as "white" when talking about race. Not only is this narrative inaccurate -- it's also...

January 20, 2021 6:27 am

Blaming Jews for Everything — and the ‘Big Lie’ About the Election

Jews are “the father of all wars.” From The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, to Henry Ford’s The International Jew, to right-wing prophet David...

January 13, 2021 7:33 am

Adolf Hitler and the ‘Real’ Nietzsche

“No Hitler, no Holocaust.” Is it also true: “No Nietzsche, no Hitler”? Adolf Hitler was born in 1889 -- the same year that German philosopher Friedrich...

January 6, 2021 7:18 am

Lincoln’s Jewish Chiropodist and Spy: Issachar Zacharie

E. Lawrence Abel has written a timely, scholarly biography of Issachar Zacharie (various spellings), a mostly-forgotten Jewish figure from the American Civil War era. The lines...

December 30, 2020 6:23 am

David Riesman and American Assimilation

Today, David Riesman is mostly remembered for his celebrated The Lonely Crowd (1950). American Jewish life was hardly mentioned. Yet the book is inflected by Riesman’s...

December 23, 2020 5:20 am

The Story of Philadelphia’s First Jewish Doctor

Sometimes, the biographies of individuals and cities intersect in ironic ways. A case in point is Dr. David Nassy, a leader of Dutch Suriname’s Sephardic...

December 16, 2020 6:32 am

Reverend King and Rabbi Heschel — Spiritual Brothers and Souls

In 1968 in Chicago, two prophetic visionaries -- Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel -- had their first summit. As Reverend King...

December 10, 2020 6:04 am

Again Today, American Jews Face ‘Times That Try Our Souls’

I was taught in graduate school that the US was “the exceptional nation” by virtue of a stable, democratic political system, a dynamic economy offering...

December 2, 2020 5:52 am

Waldo Frank and Jewish Friendship With Minorities

Waldo Frank grew up on New York’s affluent Upper West Side before moving to pre-World War I Europe, and then returning to New York in...

November 24, 2020 6:23 am

The Troubled History of Christians and Jewish Book Burning in Europe

In 1242, King Louis IX of France -- subsequently made a saint for his “good deed” -- ordered the burning of 24 cartloads of copies...


‘Unorthodox’ Star Shira Haas Shares Throwback Purim Photo From Childhood

Israeli actress Shira Haas shared with her Instagram followers on Thursday a photo...

Genesis Prize Foundation to Honor Life and Legacy of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks - The Genesis Prize Foundation announced plans to honor the late prominent...


Israeli Locust Slayers Train Ethiopians to Save Crops - Some call it a plague. Yoav Motro calls it a war. The enemies are the huge armies of desert...

An Israeli Soldier Gives His All for Lonely Senior Citizens - “Between 11th and 12th grade, after a tough fencing session, I saw a television report about all these...

Why the UAE Wants Israeli Help to Secure Its Food Supplies - Food security is emerging as a key area in which the United Arab Emirates is eager for Israeli...


Tulsa Police Search for Two Suspects for Vandalism of Holocaust Memorial St...

Police in Tulsa, Oklahoma are searching for two suspects who destroyed statues dedicated to child victims of the Holocaust at...


Israel Halts Transfer of Vaccines to Other Nations

i24 News – Israel will halt all transfer of coronavirus vaccines to foreign states with immediate effect, health officials said on Thursday. The announcement follows a statement by Defense Minister and...

Middle East

Israel, Bahrain Leaders Discuss Iran, Possible Vaccine Plant

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahrain's Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa on Thursday discussed Iran and the possible involvement of the Gulf state in establishing a vaccine...

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