An Ancient Tradition Upheld in Today’s America: a Scholarly Study from International Lawyer Roberto Aron

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In examining modern American law, author looks to age-old Jewish teachings.

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Concepts fundamental to Jewish law have been essential throughout American history, from the ideology of the Pilgrims to the morality of the Founding Fathers.

“The separation of Church and State.” Americans have obsessively guarded that phrase since the founding of the United States over 200 years ago.

Yet that idealistic concept is not always evident in reality, as former international lawyer and law professor Roberto Aron points out in his new book Influence of Jewish Law In Some American Constitutional Amendments. This scholarly analysis of the historical links between ancient Jewish law and modern American law points out many similarities between the two.

For example, many themes in the Jewish Talmud strongly influenced The Body of Liberties, which was written in 1641 in Puritan Massachusetts; in turn, that document’s radical ideas were not incorporated into the American Constitution until 1787, some 146 years later.

“Ancient Jewish laws have actually had a significant impact on the legal system of the United States”, says Aron, who has served as advisor for the Israeli Mission to the United Nations and was a guest lecturer at NYU’s Law School, among others. “In fact, concepts fundamental to Jewish law have been essential throughout American history, from the ideology of the Pilgrims to the morality of the Founding Fathers.”

Aron succinctly and expertly analyzes the similarities between these two cultures and legal systems, and brings to light the fascinating reality that although languages and societies have changed over thousands of years, moral responsibilities remain constant to this day.

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Influence of Jewish Law in Some American Constitutional Amendments
By Roberto Aron
ISBN: 978-1-4389-6457-7
Softcover, retail price: $17.99 Hardcover, retail price: $35.99 E-book price: $3.99

About the author
Roberto Aron is listed in Who’s Who In American Law as “Author, Teacher and Writer”. He received his LL.B. degree from the University of Chile’s Faculty of Law. He began his career as a trial attorney in Chile where he practiced law and taught a course in Forensic Oratory.

In 1957 Aron moved to Israel and became a member of that country’s Bar. He has three Master of Law degrees from New York University in International Legal Studies, Corporate Law and Commercial Law and from NYU’s Skirball Department a Master of Arts Degree (Talmudic Law). He has participated in two National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) workshops held at Harvard Law School and in the Oxford Trial Advocacy Program, held at Oxford University Law School in England.

In 1975 Aron was designated by the Israeli Government as advisor to the Israeli Mission to the United Nations and moved to New York where he began his work as a writer, co-authoring four books for Shepard’s/McGraw-Hill and West Group entitled: “How to Prepare Witnesses for Trial,” “Cross Examination Skills- the Litigator Puzzle”, “Impeachment of Witnesses” and “Trial Communications Skills.”

For fourteen years Aron has been the chair of Trial Advocacy at the Law School of Tel Aviv University. He has also been a guest lecturer at New York University’s School of Law.

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