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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

June 10, 2022 11:32 am

Despised Settlers

According to the Biblical narrative Abraham’s purchase of the Machpelah cave in Hebron as the burial site for Sarah (Genesis 23) marks the first property...

May 15, 2022 10:04 am

When Arabs Became Palestinians

With the recent eruption of Palestinian violence on the Temple Mount, followed by the murder of three Israelis from the town of Elad, it is...

April 14, 2022 11:27 am

Hebron and Jerusalem

My first visit to Israel, nearly fifty years ago, was sponsored by the American Jewish Committee for “disaffected Jewish academics.” I was eminently qualified. Although...

March 21, 2022 11:05 am

Another Biden Blunder in Pick for Israel Envoy

Thomas Nides, recently appointed as the United States' ambassador to Israel, seems conspicuously unqualified for the position — unless misguided criticism of Israel is a...

March 8, 2022 12:03 pm

Israel Despised

Diatribes against Israel by Jews are hardly new. But French journalist Sylvain Cypel, who emigrated to Israel in time to become an IDF paratrooper before...

February 28, 2022 12:00 pm

Israeli Heroines

Any newcomer to Jerusalem’s Old City learns that it is divided into four quarters: Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Armenian. Although there are no formal boundaries,...

November 8, 2021 8:03 am

The New York Times, Again

Nothing seems worthier of publication in the New York Times than the laceration of Israel. This, to be sure, is nothing new. Decades before there...

October 28, 2021 12:03 pm

Building Jewish Hebron

The recent announcement that new housing has been authorized for Hebron Jews predictably stoked fury among Israelis on the political left, for whom Hebron —...

October 15, 2021 10:15 am

Prayer and Punishment on the Temple Mount

Several decades ago, during a visit to the Old City of Jerusalem, I was chatting with Mahmoud, my favorite antiquities dealer who had become a...

September 24, 2021 12:01 pm

Remembering Aharon Appelfeld

A decade ago my closest Israeli friend, on sabbatical leave and living in the Boston suburb of Brookline, invited me to a gathering of fellow...

August 2, 2021 12:40 pm

Ideological Indigestion in the New York Times

Anyone familiar with the incessant criticism of Israel from journalist Mairav Zonszein is unlikely to be surprised by her most recent contribution to The New...

June 24, 2021 11:36 am

Jews and Israelis; Arabs and Palestinians

Historians understand that knowledge of the past is necessary to understand the present. So it is with “Palestine,” which made its debut in the 5th...

June 4, 2021 12:00 pm

New York Times Absurdities

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, whose writings repeatedly demonstrate how little he knows about Israel, cannot be restrained. Immoral equivalence between Israel and Hamas...

May 26, 2021 5:21 pm

Thomas Friedman’s Fantasy

Thomas Friedman, the self-appointed unrelenting critic of Israel for The New York Times, has seized another opportunity to bolster his credentials. As it also did...


Calls Renewed for Expulsion of Jeremy Corbyn From UK Labour Party Amid Back...

There were renewed calls on Monday for the expulsion by the British Labour Party of its former leader Jeremy Corbyn...


Israel Hails Military ‘Achievements’ Against Islamic Jihad as G...

As the ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) held through Monday, officials on both sides claimed their...

Middle East

Israel Re-Opens Gaza Crossings as Truce With Palestinians Holds

Israel reopened border crossings into Gaza on Monday following an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with the militant Islamic Jihad group that ended the most serious outbreak of fighting around the volatile Palestinian...


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