Judgment in Jerusalem: Chief Justice Simon Agranat and the by Pnina Lahav

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By Pnina Lahav

Simon Agranat (1906-1992) used to be the 3rd leader justice of the Israeli ideally suited courtroom and a founder of Israeli legislations. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, and expert on the collage of Chicago, Agranat introduced U.S. progressivism and constitutionalism to Israeli criminal soil. Agranat laid the root for Israel's invoice of rights and participated in approximately each very important Israeli criminal and political factor of this century. Pnina Lahav's profitable learn of Simon Agranat portrays Israeli historical past in the course of the lens of judicial evaluations. it truly is in response to her wide interviews with the justice prior to his dying and a detailed exam of his papers. a huge subject matter in her e-book is the connection among Agranat's international view and landmark Israeli ideally suited court docket critiques, and he or she tells the compelling tale of a visionary jurist and an American pursuing his Zionist dream in Palestine. right here, too, is an illuminating view of Israeli background and felony tradition that incorporates the Arab-Israeli clash, the Holocaust, the symbiosis among faith and the Jewish nation, and the tensions inside of Zionism itself. Lahav additionally information the considering at the back of Agranat's 1962 determination to convict Adolph Eichmann and the justice's dissent within the "Who Is a Jew?" case in 1970.This is the 1st biography of the guy who made either a geographical and a mental trip from the us to Jerusalem. In demonstrating the impacts of 1 tradition on one other, Judgment in Jerusalem offers very important insights into Israeli legislation and politics and into the complicated methods that shape a countrywide id.

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Their parents struggled to make a livingas tailors, shopkeepers, day laborers. The cultural world of their parents was the shtetl. At home they heard Yiddish. At school they were initiated into the American world. It was a world that retained the familiar stereotypes of their parents' world, yet held so much hope for a better future. Simon himself did not recall any incidents of anti-Semitism in northwest Chicago in the Wilson era, but his fellow Young Judeans had many stories to tell. Page 15 For example, Mary Satinover, who lived not far from Simon, remembered verbal abuse and anti-Semitic epithets hurled at her as she crossed the "Polish" neighborhood on her way to buy ice at a discount place.

They possessed the firm confidence that talent and hard work would be rewarded. Indeed, all did enjoy successful careers as businessmen or professionals. How, then, would they reconcile these contradictory aspects of their identity? What did it mean to hear Yiddish at home but feel more comfortable speaking English? The joke section of The Herzlite is a good-humored effort to make sense of the mystery of the conflicting languages and cultural traditions in the world of Simon's generation: Mystery I know who put the itch in Itchkovitz And I know who put the awful booze in Bam But the thing that's really worse Than the names I've named at first Is the fact that there's a ham in Abraham.

1920), 147.  . " Progressivists wished to revive democracy and promote social justice by eliminating tenements, forbidding sweatshop labor, protecting the working class, and restoring economic entrepreneurship. '' 11 Chicago was one of the major strongholds of the Progressive movement during the early decades of the twentieth century, and Progressivism dominated Simon's childhood. He grew up in an atmosphere of optimism, of combative civic alertness that seemed to succeed. He breathed optimism at home, as he saw his father become a dentist and improve the family's socioeconomic status.

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