Audacious Jews Volume 4

From Jacob to Leonard Bernstein, via Kafka, Chagall and more – the lives, ideas and influence of ten 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 most successful Biblical patriarch, despite his family problems.  He lived a life of crime and punishment.


The heroine of the Biblical Book of Ruth and a role model of female fidelity and lovingkindness.

King Solomon

The second monarch of the united kingdom of Judah and Israel.  The leader in its golden age, and builder of the Temple, renowned for wisdom and justice.  A ruthless womaniser. 

Akiva ben Yosef

The leading 1st century Rabbi, revolutionary and martyr whose values and ideas on practice were a critical influence on how Judaism developed and how it is practised today. 

Theodor Herzl

The journalist, writer and inspiration of modern political Zionism: "If you will it, it is no dream."

Franz Kafka

A literary genius, giant of 20th century literature, and prophet of the horrors and angst of totalitarianism.

Marc Chagall

The most famous Jewish artist of the 20th century who created his own style of modern art, based on Jewish Eastern European folk culture.

Golda Meir

Pivotal to the founding of Israel and its fourth Prime Minister.  Said to be both "the best man in the government" and at fault in the Yom Kippur war

Isaiah Berlin

The liberal philosopher and one of the finest minds of the 20th century.  How should people live a moral life in a time of uncertainty?

Leonard Bernstein

The American composer, conductor and pianist.  A maestro in both classical music and popular musicals and the composer of West Side Story.

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