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100 Most Influential Jews

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Learn more about 100 Most Influential Jews of all time – from Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud to Albert Einstein and Woody Allen. Their life, views, and careers illustrated with drawings and photographs.FeaturesFully illustrated with drawings and photographsNavigate from Table of Contents or search for the words or phrasesWritten in clear and concise EnglishTable of ContentsPhilosophers & TheologiansScientistsWritersMusiciansPoliticians/Leaders/Public FiguresArtistsFashion designersPerformance ArtistsSportPhilosophers & TheologiansHillel (ca. 70 B.C.E.-10 C.E.) – theologian and religious leader, the founder of a dynasty of Sages.Philo of Alexandria (Philo Judaeus) (20 B.C.E.-40 C.E.) – hellenized Jewish philosopher born in Alexandria, Egypt, included in his philosophy both Greek philosophy and Judaism.Flavius Josephus (ca.38-ca.100 C.E.) – historian, recorded the Destruction of Jerusalem.Rashi (1040-1105) – rabbinical commentator.Maimonides (1135-1204) – rabbi, physician, and philosopher in Spain, Morocco and Egypt during the Middle Ages. Isaac Luria (1534-1572) – kabbalist.Baruch de Spinoza (1632-1677) – Dutch philosopher of Jewish origin, considered one of the great rationalists of 17th-century philosophy and one of the definitive ethicists. The Baal Shem Tov (1700-1790) – religious reformer, mystical rabbi considered to be the founder of Hasidic Judaism.Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1786) – German Jewish philosopher attributed with the renaissance of European Jews.Karl Marx (1818-1883) – philosopher, political economist, and revolutionary. Sigmund Freud (1856-1936) – neurologist and psychiatrist, commonly referred to as "the father of psychoanalysis". Henri-Louis Bergson (1859-1941) – philosopher, interested in metaphysics, irrationality, philosophy of language, philosophy of mathematics.Martin Buber (1878-1965) – philosopher, theologian, social activist.Isaiah Berlin (1909-1997) – a political philosopher and historian of ideas, regarded as one of the leading liberal thinkers of the 20th century.ScientistsSigmund Freud (1856-1936) – neurologist and psychiatrist, commonly referred to as "the father of psychoanalysis". Alfred Adler (1870-1937) – medical doctor and psychologist, founder of the school of individual psychology. Albert Einstein 1879-1955 – physicist, widely considered to be one of the greatest physicists of all time, best known for his theory of relativity…..Noam Chomsky (1928- ) linguist, psychologist, humanitarian, the eighth most cited scholar in any time period. Gregori Perelman (1966- )- mathematician, solved in the affirmative the famous Poincaré conjecture.WritersHeinrich Heine (1797-1856) – greatest German romantic poet, remembered for selections of his lyric poetry.Marcel Proust (1871-1922) – a French intellectual, novelist, essayist and critic, best known as the author of In Search of Lost Time. ….Anne Frank (1929-1945) – wrote a diary while in hiding in Amsterdam during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II. Josef Brodsky (1940-1996) – Russian-born poet and essayist, won the Nobel Prize in Literature.Politicians/Leaders/Public FiguresJesus of Nazareth (ca. 4 B.C.E. – ca. 30 C.E.) – the central figure of Christianity.Saul of Tarsus (Saint Paul) (4 – 64 C.E.) – the most notable of Early Christian missionaries.Simon Bar Kokhba ( – fl. 135 C.E.) – general, the leader of Jewish revolt against the Roman Empire in 132 CE.Sabbatai Zevi (1626-1676) – a Jewish rabbi and Kabbalist who claimed to be the long-awaited Jewish Messiah.Mayer Rothschild (1744-1812) – financier, the founder of the Rothschild family banking empire. ….

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