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Jerold S. Auerbach is the author of ten books, including Unequal Justice: Lawyers and Social Change in Modern America (1976), a New York Times Noteworthy Book; Justice Without Law? (1983); Rabbis and Lawyers: The Journey From Torah to Constitution (1990, 2010); Jacob's Voices: Reflections of a Wandering American Jew (1996, 2010); Are We One? Jewish Identity in the United States and Israel (2001); Explorers in Eden: Pueblo Indians and the Promised Land (2006); Hebron Jews: Memory and Conflict in the Land of Israel (2009); Brothers at War: Israel and the Tragedy of the Altalena (2011); and Against the Grain: A Historian's Journey (2012). His articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Commentary, Harper's, The New York Times, Jerusalem Post, Forward, The Jewish Press and American Thinker. Auerbach has been a Guggenheim Fellow, Fulbright Lecturer at Tel Aviv University, recipient of two College Teachers Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Law School. He is Professor Emeritus of History at Wellesley College.

ARTICLES BY: Jerold Auerbach

February 9, 2020 2:45 pm

The Woman in Hebron

Ilana Hammerman was not a familiar name. But the subtitle of her new book was irresistible: One Woman’s Story of Challenging Borders in Israel/Palestine. She...

February 2, 2020 1:13 pm

The New York Times Dreads Peace

When President Donald Trump’s peace plan was released, assuring Israel of sovereignty along the Jordan River, the security of settlements in Biblical Judea and Samaria,...

January 23, 2020 11:57 am

Auschwitz and The New York Times, 75 Years Later

Our weekly issue of Life magazine, dated May 7, 1945, arrived on my ninth birthday. Its cover photo showed three solemn men, one with his...

January 15, 2020 11:24 am

The Hebrew Bible in American History

A fascinating collection of documents co-edited by Rabbi Meir Soloveichik and three Yeshiva University colleagues explores the genesis of the United States as the promised...

January 2, 2020 12:48 pm

Palestinians in Search of an Identity

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, entering the 15th year of his four-year term, delights in identifying biblical Canaanites as the ancestors of the Palestinian people....

December 23, 2019 2:57 pm

Democrats for Palestine?

While teaching seminars on the history of Israel, I was occasionally asked about a president’s evident discomfort with the Jewish state. Jimmy Carter was a...

December 17, 2019 5:27 pm

President Trump, Antisemitism and the New York Times

The New York Times displayed evident signs of unease over President Donald Trump’s recent executive order including antisemitism within the Civil Rights Act of 1964,...

December 13, 2019 11:12 am

The Legitimacy of Jewish Settlements

“Most of my ethnic group,” New York Times columnist Paul Krugman recently wrote (evading his identity as a Jew), “understands that Trump is bad for...

December 3, 2019 5:01 pm

Jewish Life and Memory in Hebron

The Torah portion of Chayei Sarah last month recounted Abraham’s purchase of a burial cave for Sarah, marking the beginning of Jewish history in the...

November 22, 2019 11:00 am

Editorialized News in The New York Times

“U.S. Sides With Israel on Settling West Bank” declared the front-page New York Times headline on November 19. Clearly the Times, with its century-long opposition...

November 17, 2019 8:24 pm

Hebron Remembered

The Torah reading for Shabbat Chaye Sarah (November 23) begins with Abraham, describing himself to Hebron Hittites as “a resident alien,” revealing his need to...

October 16, 2019 1:51 pm

Inside the Hebron Lions’ Den

The Lions’ Den, a fascinating collection of essays by journalist Susie Linfield, focuses on Zionism and the political left from Hannah Arendt to Noam Chomsky....

September 18, 2019 10:34 am

Hebron Past and Present

In his run-up to the Israeli election Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to annex the Jewish neighborhood of Hebron and the nearby settlement of Kiryat...

August 28, 2019 11:00 am

When Jews Kept Quiet

The appalling failure of President Franklin D. Roosevelt to provide an American refuge for European Jews confronting the horrors of the Holocaust has long been...


‘Fauda’ Season 4 Announced by Show Co-Creator in Tel Aviv

The hit Israeli show "Fauda" will get a fourth season, its co-creator Avi...

Leadership of ‘French Oscars’ Resigns Amid Polanski Controversy

The management of the "French Oscars" resigned en masse on Thursday after weeks...


From Harlem to Tel Aviv: Aulcie Perry’s Basketball Journey

Legendary basketball player Aulcie Perry’s life has been remarkable on and off the court.  This African-American athlete’s life changed dramatically after...

Kids in the Kitchen Light Up Hanukkah - Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is one of those holidays that takes over everything. The pantry overflows with...

Give It Up for the (Israeli) Kids: Hanukkah and Charity Drives - The staff and volunteers at Yad Ezra V’Shulamit’s children’s center in Jerusalem began noticing that one little girl...


New Security Head Aims to Protect New York Jewish Institutions and Help Red... - Mitchell D. Silber, former director of intelligence analysis at the New York City Police Department, started as the...


Netanyahu: Accumulation of Power Creates a New Approach for Israel in Midea... - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a delegation of American Jewish leaders that the “accumulation of power is...

Middle East

Syrian Forces Consolidate Control of Aleppo, Airstrikes Under Way

The Syrian army said on Monday it had taken full control of dozens of towns in Aleppo's northwestern countryside and it would press on with its campaign to wipe out...

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