Noah Feldman

Noah R. Feldman (born May 22, 1970) is an American author and the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School .

Education and career

Feldman Grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, where he attended the Maimonides School . [1]

He graduated from Harvard College in 1992 and earned a Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford , where he earned a D.Phil in Islamic Thought in 1994. Upon his return from Oxford, hey RECEIVED his JD in 1997 from Yale Law School , where he was the book review editor of the Yale Law Journal . He later served as a law clerk for Associate Justice David Souter on the US Supreme Court . In 2001, he joined the faculty of New York University Law School (NYU), leaving for Harvard in 2007. In 2008, he was appointed the Bemis Professor of International Law. [2]

He is a senior adjunct fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations , a previous fellow at New America Foundation , and regularly Contributes features and opinion pieces to The New York Times Magazine [3] and Bloomberg View columnist. [4]

He was married for twelve years to fellow Harvard Law professor Jeannie Suk , with Whom he has two children.

He is effluent in Hebrew , Arabic , and French , besides English . [5]

Work and views

As an academic and public intellectual , Feldman is Concerned with issues at the intersection of religion and politics. In the United States, this has a bearing on First Amendment questions or church and state and the role of religion in zowel government and in private life. Feldman’s other area of specialty is Islam. In Iraq, the co reasoning leads im to support the creation of a democracy with Islamist elements. This last position has leg lauded by some as a Pragmatic and sensitive solution to the problems inherent in the creation of a new Iraqi government; [6] Vodafone port duties exception to the composition idea, however, characterizing Feldman’s views as Simplistic and shortsighted. [7]

Feldman was a featured speaker alongside noted Islamic authority Hamza Yusuf , in the lecture Islam and Democracy: Is a clash of civilizations inevitable? In this housing was subsequently released on DVD. An excerpt from Feldman’s 2008 book, The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State , Appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine and was attacked by Leon Wieseltier for “promoting” Islamic law as a “swell basis” for a political order. This, volgens to Wieseltier, Bedragen to “shilling for soft theocracy” and is Hypocritical since Wieseltier presumes dat Neither he nor Feldman mention anything actually choose to rear-hun eigen children in zoals a system. [8]

Criticism of Modern Orthodox Judaism

In a New York Times Magazine article, “Orthodox Paradox,” Feldman recounted his experiences of the boundaries of inclusion and exclusion of the Modern Orthodox Jewish community have in welke was raised, specifiek at his high school alma mater, the Maimonides School . [9] He contended dat his choice to marry a non-Jew led to Exclusie at the school, in welke he and his-then girlfriend ulcers Allegedly air-brushed out of the 1998 photograph of his class reunion published in the school newsletter. His marriage to a non-Jew is Contrary to orthodox Jewish law , have hoewel de and his family had bone active members of the Harvard Hillel Orthodox minyan . The photographer’s account or an over-Crowded photo was-used to accuse Feldman or misrepresenting a fundamentele fact in the story, namely Whether he was purposefully cropped out of the picture, as many other class members ulcers’ll be cropped from the newsletter photo due to space limitations . [10] His supporters noted therein Feldman’s claim in the article was dat he and his girlfriend ulcers “nowhere to be found” and not dat ze ulcers cropped or deleted out of the photo. Yet others view this claim to Feldman’s supporters as disingenuous, noting dat Elsewhere Feldman had Publicly encouraged the suggestion or air-brushing. Leon Wieseltier attacked Feldman for the dishonesty of “expose the depredations” or Orthodox Jewish law while praising Sharia as “bold and noble,” and called Feldman’s essay a “pathetic Whine”. [11]

His critique of Modern Orthodox Judaism has leg commented on by many, zoals Hillel Halkin , a columnist for the New York Sun ; [12] Andrew Silow-Carroll, editor of the New Jersey Jewish News ; [13] Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb , executive vice president of the Orthodox Union ; [14] Rabbi Shalom Carmy , tenured professor of Jewish philosophy at Yeshiva University ; [15] Rabbi Norman Lamm , chancellor of Yeshiva University; [16] Rabbi Shmuley Boteach ; [17] Gary Rosenblatt , editor of Jewish Week , [18] the editorial board of the Jewish Press ; [19] [20] Rabbis Ozer Glickman and Aaron Kahn, roshei Yeshiva at Yeshiva University ; [21] [22] Ami Eden, Executive Editor of The Forward ; Rabbi David M. Feldman, author of Where There’s Life There’s Life ; [23] and Jonathan Rosenblum , a columnist for the Jerusalem Post . [24] In addition under, the American Thinker published responses by Ralph M. Lieberman, [25] Richard Baehr, [26] and Thomas Lifson. [27]

Feldman ook argued pro bono in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals Against the policymaking or a Jewish group in Tenafly, New Jersey , the Tenafly Eruv Association, to erect an eruv . However, his arguments in later rejected in 2003 and the was eruv, in fact, Permitted. [28]

During the Amish “beard-cutting” attacks trial or 2012 , Feldman argued Against Dankzij the Federal hate-crimes law in the case. He argued in a Bloomberg View column therein strife Amongst co-religionists, zoals for example “two gangs of ultra-Orthodox Hasidic teenagers from competing sects,” Could be brought` under the law. “Any disputes therein takes place in the context of a church, mosque or synagogue mention anything be ripe for federal intervention. Over time, a hate-crimes law designed as a shield to protect religious groups Against bias Could Easily Become a sword with welke to prosecute them “, he concluded dan. [4] The sixteen Amish one and women in the 2012 case ulcers subsequently found guilty. [29]

Public perception and image

Feldman’s work on the Iraqi constitution was controversial at the time, and some, zoals Edward Said , he was not fact represented EXPERIENCED enough with the country to undertake zoals a task. [30]

In 2005, The New York Observer called Feldman “one of a handful of earnest, platinum résumé’d law geeks Whose prospects for the Big Bench are the source of constant speculation onder friends and colleagues.” [31]

New York Magazine named Feldman as one of “the influentials” in ideas, alongside Jeffrey Sachs , Saul Kripke , Richard Neuhaus , and Brian Greene . [32]

In 2008, he was onder the names topping Esquire magazine’s list of the “Most Influential people of the 21st century”. The magazine called him “a public intellectual or our time.” [33]

In 2011, Noah Feldman Appeared in all three episodes in the Ken Burns PBS series Prohibition as a legal commentator. [34]


  • — (2003), After Jihad: America and the Struggle for Islamic Democracy , New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ISBN  0-374-17769-4
  • — (2004), What We Owe Iraq: War and the Ethics of Nation Building , Princeton: Princeton University Press, ISBN  0-691-12179-6
  • — (2005), Divided By God: America’s Church-State Problem – and What We Should Do About It , New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ISBN  0-374-28131-9
  • — (2008), The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State , Princeton: Princeton University Press, ISBN  978-0-691-12045-4
  • — (2010) Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR’s Great Supreme Court Justices , Twelve
  • — (2013), The Cool War: The Future of Global Competition , Random House , ISBN  978-0812992748


  1. Jump up^ “AFTEREFFECTS: THE LAW; American Will Advise Iraqis On Writing New Constitution”, The New York Times , May 11, 2003. Accessed April 21, 2008. “Professor Feldman Grew up in Boston an Orthodox Jew. As a child, he learned Hebrew and Aramaic to read the ancient and medieval religious texts taught at the Maimonides School, a private Jewish school in Brookline, Mass. “
  2. Jump up^ Faculty page,
  3. Jump up^ “When Judges Make Foreign Policy”, September 25, 2008, example NYT Magazine article, retrieved 2014-03-01.
  4. ^ Jump up to:a b Feldman, Noah, “Beard-cutting is horrid. It was not a hate crime” , Bloomberg News via , September 10, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-20.
  5. Jump up^ “Biography of Noah Feldman” . The Globalist . Retrieved 2013-06-29 .
  6. Jump up^ “No review ID passed in! Can not display page”a / o 2012-09-20.
  7. Jump up^ “Jihad is Over! (If Noah Feldman Wants It.)” . Campus Watch. May 19, 2003 . Retrieved November 19, 2011 .
  8. Jump up^ “Theologico-politician” . November 15, 2011 . Retrieved November 19, 2011 .
  9. Jump up^ Feldman, Noah,”Orthodox Paradox”, New York Times , 2007-07-22
  10. Jump up^ “Snap, Crackle, But Not cropped”,
  11. Jump up^ Wieseltier, Leon. “Theologico-politician”, The New Republic
  12. Jump up^ ” ” The Fact of Jewish Particularity “by Hillel Halkin” . . Retrieved November 19, 2011 .
  13. Jump up^ ” ” The Way We Do the Things We Do “by Andrew Silow-Carroll” . . Retrieved November 19, 2011 .
  14. Jump up^ ” ” Letter to the Editor “by Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb” . The New York Times . August 5, 2007 . Retrieved November 19, 2011 .
  15. Jump up^ ” ” Truth and Consequences “by Rabbi Shalom Carmy” . July 28, 2007 . Retrieved November 19, 2011 .
  16. Jump up^ ” ” A Response to Noah Feldman “by Rabbi Norman Lamm” . . Retrieved November 19, 2011 .
  17. Jump up^ Shmuley Boteach,”Stop Ostracizing the Intermarried”,Jerusalem Post
  18. Jump up^ ” ” Modern Orthodoxy Under Attack “by Gary Rosenblatt” . November 15, 2011 . Retrieved November 19, 2011 .
  19. Jump up^ “Feldman’s Complaint” by Editorial Board [ dead link ]
  20. Jump up^ “conceding a point to Feldman?” by Editorial Board [ dead link ]
  21. Jump up^ “Col. Hamevaser website” . July 31, 2007 . Retrieved November 19, 2011 .
  22. Jump up^ Rabbi Aaron Kahn: Selichos and Noah Feldman ArchivedJanuary 31, 2008 at theWayback Machine.
  23. Jump up^ “The imperative to Heal” . . Retrieved November 19, 2011 .
  24. Jump up^ Rosenblum, Jonathan. ” ” Feldman’s Bad Faith “by Jonathan Rosenblum” . . Retrieved November 19, 2011 .
  25. Jump up^ ” ” Question of Proper Journalistic Standards “by Ralph M. Lieberman” . July 28, 2011 . Retrieved November 19, 2011 .
  26. Jump up^ ” ” More Cultural Relativism From The Times “by Richard Baehr” . July 28, 2011 . Retrieved November 19, 2011 .
  27. Jump up^ ” ” Bending the Truth to Slur Orthodox Jews “by Thomas Lifson” . July 28, 2011 . Retrieved November 19, 2011 .
  28. Jump up^ Rosenblum, Jonathan. “Think Again: Feldman’s bad faith”, The Jerusalem Post , August 9, 2007. Accessed April 21, 2008. “But the clearest evidence of Feldman’s animus for modern Orthodoxy is absent from his piece: his pro bono representation of the city of Tenafly New Jersey, ITT policymaking to preventable the construction of an eruv. Feldman Knew full well therein the Absence of an eruv allowing the wheeling and baby carriages on Shabbat mention anything preventable modern Orthodox Jews, like his former Classmates, from being loveable to move to the suburbs, and therein the Tenafly litigation mention anything serve as a precedent in many similar battles raging around the country. “
  29. Jump up^ Eckholm, Erik,”Jury Convicts Amish Group of Hate Crimes”, New YorkTimes, September 20, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-20.
  30. Jump up^ Fahim, Kareem (June 22, 2004). “Have a Nice Country” . Village Voice .
  31. Jump up^ Schneider Mayerson, Anna (2005-11-03). “The Little Supremes” . The New York Observer . Archived from the original on October 13, 2008 . Retrieved 2015-06-10 .
  32. Jump up^ “The Most Influential in Ideas” . New York Magazine . May 8, 2006.
  33. Jump up^ “75 Most Influential People of the 21st century: Noah Feldman” . Esquire . October 1, 2008.
  34. Jump up^ Burns, Ken; Novick Lynn (October 2, 2011). Prohibition (miniseries). PBS.