Audacious Jews Volume 5

From Hillel to Simone Veil, via Nachamides, Groucho Marx, George Gershwin and more – the lives, ideas and influence of nine audacious Jews - what they did, what they believed and their contribution to the Jewish story. Courageous, challenging and often misunderstood, they left a lasting legacy for both Jews and the wider world. Their insight and experiences can still be applied to help tackle contemporary moral and political challenges.

This book has in-depth separate chapters on a range of characters, presented in an easy-to-read bullet point format. Each chapter gives a summary of a character’s life, personality, beliefs and contribution to Judaism.

The appendices include a reading list, a glossary of many of the Jewish terms used, as well as short descriptions of the lives of the most important Jews in the Jewish story.

The greatest sage of the second Temple era and a significant influence on Rabbinic Judaism.
Nachmanides (Ramban)A medieval scholar who was the Jewish defendant in the disputation of Barcelona and a leading figure in the re-establishment of the Jewish community in Jerusalem.
Eliezer Ben-YehudaOne of the first Zionist leaders and the idealistic driving spirit behind the revival of the Hebrew language.
Claude MontefioreA founder of Liberal Judaism in the UK, scholar of Christianity and opponent of Zionism.  Why are there both Liberal and Reform Jewish movements in the UK?
Groucho MarxAn American comedian, writer, stage, film, radio, and television star. 
George GershwinAn American composer and pianist who wrote Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris and Porgy and Bess. 
Lillian HellmanA modern American dramatist, screenwriter, socialite and communist, a leading defendant against McCarthyism. 
Abba EbanA South African-born, British scholar and Zionist who became an Israeli diplomat, politician and one of the greatest statesmen of the 20th century. 
Simone VeilA survivor of the Shoah, who was responsible for legalising abortion in France and was the first President of the elected European Parliament. 

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