He is the author of numerous books, including Against the Apocalypse (1984) and A Bridge of Longing: The Lost Art of Yiddish Storytelling (1998). A native of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Roskies now resides in New York City.
In 2006, he was named the United States Holocaust Museum Scholar in Residence.
- Night Words: A Midrash on the Holocaust — 1971
- The Shtetl Book — 1975 (with Diane K. Roskies)
- Against the Apocalypse: Responses to Catastrophe in Modern Jewish Culture — 1984
- The Literature of Destruction — 1989
- A Bridge of Longing: The Lost Art of Yiddish Storytelling — 1998
- The Jewish Search for a Usable Past - 1999
- Yiddishlands — 2008
- Dr. David G. Roskies's official biography on the JTS website
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