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Abraham: The World's First (But Certainly Not Last) Jewish by Alan M. Dershowitz

By Alan M. Dershowitz

Part of the Jewish come upon series

One of the world’s best-known lawyers offers us a no-holds-barred historical past of Jewish legal professionals: from the biblical Abraham via modern day advocates who've replaced the realm by way of not easy the established order, protecting the unpopular, contributing to the rule of thumb of legislations, and following the biblical command to pursue justice.
 
The Hebrew Bible’s nice examples of advocacy on behalf of frustrating defendants—Abraham attempting to persuade God to not smash the folk of Sodom, and Moses attempting to persuade God to not ruin the golden-calf-worshipping little ones of Israel—established the template for Jewish legal professionals for the following 4,500 years. even if simply because all through heritage Jews have chanced on themselves unjustly accused of crimes starting from deicide to ritual baby homicide to treason, or as the biblical exhortation that “justice, justice, shall you pursue” has been implanted within the Jewish psyche, Jewish legal professionals were on the vanguard in battles opposed to tyranny, in advocating for these denied due approach, in negotiating for simply and equitable suggestions to complicated criminal difficulties, and in efforts to make sure a good trial for a person accused of a crime.
 
Dershowitz profiles Jewish attorneys recognized and unheralded, favorite and excoriated, triumphant and defeated—and, in fact, offers us a few glimpses into the gung-ho perform of legislation, Dershowitz-style. Louis Brandeis, Theodor Herzl, Judah Benjamin, Max Hirschberg, René Cassin, Bruno Kreisky, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Irwin Cotler are only some of the “idol smashers, advocates, collaborators, rescuers, and deal makers” who helped to alter background. Dershowitz’s strategies at the way forward for the Jewish legal professional are awarded with an identical perception, shrewdness, and candor which are the hallmarks of his greater than 4 many years of writings at the legislation and the way it truly is (and should still be!) practiced.

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