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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

October 7, 2020 12:39 pm

Jerusalem’s History Revisited and Revised

Confined to my home library by the corona virus shutdown of our public library, I recently reread Jerusalem Besieged (2004) by George Washington University Professor...

September 27, 2020 8:50 am

Beware of Israel’s Critics

At his Times of Israel blog on September 24, University of Maryland Distinguished Professor Jeffrey Herf cites “the great American weakening, which has been the hallmark...

September 15, 2020 11:38 am

The Middle East Transformation

It is hard — but not too hard — to feel sorry for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Now in the 15th year of his...

September 9, 2020 12:48 pm

Memories of the Israeli Writer Aharon Appelfeld

The beloved woman of my boyhood was my maternal grandmother Dora – or, as I lovingly knew her, “Granny.” Because she lived in Philadelphia (where...

September 3, 2020 4:23 am

My Reply to Benjamin Kerstein on the Settlements

I find your critique of all settlers -- but especially in Hebron and Kiryat Arba -- oblivious to Jewish and Zionist history in the Land...

August 30, 2020 1:25 pm

Settlements: Calamity or Fulfillment?

Benjamin Kerstein has been commended as “one of the finest American-Israeli authors of his generation.” But his recent Algemeiner critique — “Zionism, Messianism and the...

August 24, 2020 12:55 pm

In Memory of Professor Edward Alexander

In September 1974, I arrived in Israel as a Guggenheim Fellow to teach American history at Tel Aviv University. Having visited Israel for the first...

August 11, 2020 10:56 am

Ruminations on Writing

“New Project.docx” on my computer screen has enabled me to become the writer — if not the sportswriter — that I yearned to be as...

August 6, 2020 6:07 am

Is Sovereignty Irrelevant?

The controversy over whether Israel can, or should, extend sovereignty over Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) and the Jordan Valley has...

July 26, 2020 9:16 am

The Decline and Fall of Tolerance

There was a time, not that long ago, when liberalism meant open-mindedness, even freedom of speech. Not any longer. Thoughtful and tolerant discourse has now...

July 9, 2020 2:49 am

Peter Beinart’s Israel-Palestine Fantasies

Nearly a decade ago, Peter Beinart, a journalist with impeccable leftist credentials, authored a New York Times column titled “To Save Israel, Boycott the Settlements.”...

July 5, 2020 3:27 am

Yale Fails at the Renaming Game

The headline of a full-page ad in The New York Times (July 2) — “Rename Yale Now” — immediately caught my attention. And the subheading...

June 25, 2020 11:20 am

‘Annexation’ or Sovereignty?

“Annexation Looms” headlined a mournful New York Times article (June 19) co-authored by Jerusalem Bureau Chief David M. Halbfinger and Adam Rasgon, Palestinian affairs reporter...

June 17, 2020 11:05 am

Annexation Fulfills Zionist Dream

Yossi Klein Halevi has long been one of my favorite Israeli writers. Our shared New York boyhoods -- his in Brooklyn and mine in Queens...


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...


Israeli Ambassador Tells UN Security Council to ‘Hold the Iranian Reg...

Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations filed a letter of complaint to the UN Security Council Tuesday over a recent...


Israeli and Jordanian Foreign Ministers Meet Along Border to Discuss Palest...

Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi and his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi met for the third time on Tuesday for talks...

Middle East

US Blacklists Two Leaders of Yemen’s Houthi Movement

The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on two military leaders of the Houthi movement in Yemen, accusing them of procuring weapons from Iran and organizing attacks, in the Biden administration's first...

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