Religious Freedom and the Jews: Collective Rights in Modern States. New Haven, CN: Yale University Press.


Simon Rabinovitch (Саймон Рабинович), Prava Natsii: Avtonomizm v evreiskom natsional’nom dvizhenii v pozdneimperskoi i revoliutsionnoi Rossii (Права нации: Автономизм в еврейском национальном движении в позднеимперской и революционной России). Moscow: New Literary Observer (Historia Rossica Series), 2021.

A revised Russian translation of Jewish Rights, National Rites, edited and with an introduction by Valerii Dymshits. Translated by Evgeniia Kanishcheva, Liubov Summ, and Svetlana Panich.

Simon Rabinovitch ed., Defining Israel: The Jewish State, Democracy, and the Law. Cincinnati, OH: Hebrew Union College Press, 2018.

Defining Israel is the first book in any language devoted to the controversial passage of Israel’s nation-state law. The volume brings together influential scholars, journalists, and politicians, observers and participants, opponents and proponents, Jews and Arabs, all debating the merits and meaning of Israel’s nation-state law. Together with translations of each draft law, the final law, and other key documents, the essays and sources in Defining Israel are essential to understand the ongoing debate over what it means for Israel to be a Jewish and democratic state.

Jewish Rights, National Rites: Nationalism and Autonomy in Late Imperial and Revolutionary Russia. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press (Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture), 2014, paperback 2016.

  • Russian translation (see above) published in the New Literary Observer’s Historia Rossica series.
  • 2015 Winner, Choice Outstanding Academic Title.
  • 2015 Long List, Historia Nova Prize.
  • 2014 Finalist, National Jewish Book Award.
  • Reviewed in Ab Imperio, American Historical Review, Association for Jewish Studies Review, Canadian Journal of History, Choice, Jewish Review of Books, Nationalities Papers, Revolutionary Russia, and Slavic Review.

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Focusing on Russian Jewry, this book traces the theory, meaning, and practice of non-territorial Jewish autonomy, from the turn of the twentieth century to the early 1920s. I describe how Jewish nationalism emerged at the same time as new ideas about the legal rights of individuals and groups, and evolved alongside similar movements for autonomy among other national minorities in the Russian and Austrian Empires.

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Simon Rabinovitch ed., Jews and Diaspora Nationalism: Writings on Jewish Peoplehood in Europe and the United States. Waltham, MA: Brandeis University Press (The Brandeis Library of Modern Jewish Thought), 2012.

  • Reviewed in Association for Jewish Libraries Review, Choice, Jewish Quarterly, Jewish Review of Books, and The Times Literary Supplement.

An anthology of Jewish thought on spiritual, cultural, and political nationalism in the diaspora. Most essays appear in English for the first time. In addition to my introductory essay, I point readers to the important individuals and ideas in fourteen separate chapter introductions and annotations throughout. Also includes a chapter-by-chapter Suggestions for Further Reading.

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