Audacious Jews Volume 6

From Jonah to Elie Wiesel, via Josephus, Harry Houdini, Irving Berlin and more – the lives, ideas and influence of twelve 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.

In addition to these characters there is additional material on a range of topics, including the literary background to the book of Jonah, The Great Revolt of the Jews against Rome, Conservative Judaism, free speech and gossip in Judaism, Jewish Fundamentalism, Judaism and Magic, a literary analysis of Gimpel the Fool, comics and Judaism, and an analysis of Wiesel’s Biblical Portraits.

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 central figure of the Book of Jonah, called by God to travel to Nineveh and warn its residents of impending divine wrath.


A locally-born Jewish military commander who defected to Rome during the Great Revolt. He wrote The Jewish War and Jewish Antiquities.

Solomon Schechter

A Moldavian-born rabbi, academic scholar and educator who uncovered the importance of the Cairo Genizah.

Louis Brandeis

An American Zionist leader and associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1916 to 1939.

Abraham Isaac Kook

The first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of British Mandatory Palestine and one of the fathers of religious Zionism.

Harry Houdini

A Hungarian-born American escape artist, illusionist and stunt performer.

Irving Berlin

An American composer and lyricist, one of the greatest songwriters.
Isaac Bashevis SingerA Polish-American writer who wrote predominantly in Yiddish, awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978.

Rosalind Franklin

An English chemist and X-ray crystallographer whose work was central to the understanding of the molecular structures of DNA, RNA, graphite and viruses.

Yitzhak Rabin

An Israeli politician, statesman and general. He was the Prime Minister of Israel, serving two terms in office and was assassinated in 1995.

Stan Lee

An American comic book writer, editor, publisher, and film producer. He was Marvel Comics' creative leader for two decades.

Elie Wiesel

A Romanian-born American Jewish writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and Holocaust survivor.

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