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Jewish Life of the Month: Karl Marx

Rebecca Keys

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Karl Marx

Dates
1818-1883

Background
Philosopher, historian, sociologist, economist, current affairs journalist, and editor, Marx's best-known titles are the pamphlet, The Communist Manifesto, and the three-volume Das Kapital.

Famous Quote
"History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce."

 
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Discover Karl Marx from A New Perspective

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A new exploration of Karl Marx's life through his intellectual contributions to modern thought

Karl Marx (1818–1883)—philosopher, historian, sociologist, economist, current affairs journalist, and editor—was one of the most influential and revolutionary thinkers of modern history, but he is rarely thought of as a Jewish thinker, and his Jewish background is either overlooked or misrepresented. Here, distinguished scholar Shlomo Avineri argues that Marx’s Jewish origins did leave a significant impression on his work. Marx was born in Trier, then part of Prussia, and his family had enjoyed equal rights and emancipation under earlier French control of the area. But then its annexation to Prussia deprived the Jewish population of its equal rights. These developments led to the reluctant conversion of Marx’s father, and similar tribulations radicalized many young intellectuals of that time who came from a Jewish background.

Avineri puts Marx’s Jewish background in its proper and balanced perspective, and traces Marx’s intellectual development in light of the historical, intellectual, and political contexts in which he lived.


Reviews

"Besides being approachably succinct, Avineri’s sympathetic account is distinguished by its appearance in the highly regarded Jewish Lives series." —James Miller, The New York Times

"And here lies the central strength of this short biography: It tells us what Marx actually wrote." —Jonathan Rose, The Wall Street Journal

“Shlomo Avineri has written a wonderfully perceptive and nuanced biography of Karl Marx--paying all due attention (but no more than that) to Jewish interests, Marx's and ours. His book is both intellectually and politically engaging--and a pleasure to read.” —Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ


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About the Author

Shlomo Avineri is professor emeritus of political science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. A leading Israeli political scientist, he is the author of The Social and Political Thought of Karl Marx and The Making of Modern Zionism.

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Jewish Life of the Month: Franz Kafka

Rebecca Keys

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Franz Kafka

Dates
1883-1924

Impact
Franz Kafka was the poet of his own disorder. Throughout his life he struggled with a pervasive sense of shame and guilt that left traces in his daily existence—in his many letters, in his extensive diaries, and especially in his fiction.

Famous Quote
"The meaning of life is that it stops."

 
Franz Kafka: The Poet of Shame and Guilt
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Flashback: Meet Harvey Milk

Rebecca Keys

June is LGBT Pride Month.

Watch a 1978 NBC News report introducing viewers to the newly elected and openly gay San Francisco official Harvey Milk, and learn more with Jewish Lives.

 
Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death
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Jewish Life of the Month: Moses

Rebecca Keys

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Moses

Dates
Biblical period

Impact
No figure looms larger in Jewish culture than Moses, and few have stories more enigmatic. Who was Moses? Orphan. Prince. Fugitive. Shepherd. Negotiator. Leader. But he never made it to the Promised Land.

Famous Quote
"Let my people go"

 
Moses: A Human Life
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Hooray for Love

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Spring is here and love is in the air.

Watch Barbra Streisand sing a stunning duet with Judy Garland during an episode of "The Judy Garland Show," and learn more about Streisand's iconic career with Jewish Lives.

 
 

Jewish Life of the Month: Benjamin Disraeli

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Benjamin Disraeli

Dates
1804-1881

Impact
Served twice as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and played a central role in the creation of the modern Conservative Party. He is widely celebrated for his role in Jewish history but is the perception of him as a Jewish hero accurate?  

Famous Quote
"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."

 
Disraeli: The Novel Politician
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3 Things You Should Know About Alfred Stieglitz

Rebecca Keys

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Explore the life of the revolutionary American photographer ripe for rediscovery as a photographer and champion of other artists

Alfred Stieglitz (1864–1946) was an enormously influential artist and nurturer of artists even though his accomplishments are often overshadowed by his role as Georgia O’Keeffe’s husband. This new book from celebrated biographer Phyllis Rose reconsiders Stieglitz as a revolutionary force in the history of American art.

Born in New Jersey, Stieglitz at age eighteen went to study in Germany, where his father, a wool merchant and painter, insisted he would get a proper education. After returning to America, he became one of the first American photographers to achieve international fame. By the time he was sixty, he gave up photography and devoted himself to selling and promoting art. His first gallery, 291, was the first American gallery to show works by Picasso, Rodin, Matisse, and other great European modernists. His galleries were not dealerships so much as open universities, where he introduced European modern art to Americans and nurtured an appreciation of American art among American artists.


Reviews

"There is no pure white or black in photography: a great photograph captures the nuances of light and shadow that underlie perception. That is exactly what Phyllis Rose's biography of Alfred Stieglitz does. And no biographer has a sharper sense of focus for the competing narratives that underlie a marriage. This double portrait of Stieglitz and O'Keeffe is the work of a master.” —Judith Thurman, author of Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette and Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller
 
 “Rose is consistently generous, knowledgeable . . .” —Christine Smallwood, The New Yorker


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About the Author

Phyllis Rose is a literary critic and biographer. Her books include the acclaimed biography of Virginia Woolf, Woman of Letters, and her classic Parallel Lives: Five Victorian Marriages. She divides her time between New York City and Key West, FL.

Author photograph © Sigrid Estrada

Menasseh ben Israel: Rabbi of Amsterdam

Rebecca Keys

Watch author Steven Nadler discuss the life and legacy of Menasseh ben Israel, filmed at the Park Avenue Synagogue in NYC.

This event is part of the Jewish Lives Book Club, a global reading group program where participants receive discounted books, free reading guides, and more.

 
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Jewish Life of the Month: Alfred Stieglitz

Rebecca Keys

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Alfred Stieglitz

Dates
1864-1946

Impact
Although his career as an influential photographer and art promoter is often overshadowed by his role as Georgia O’Keeffe’s husband, Stieglitz was a revolutionary force in the history of American art.

Famous Quote
"Wherever there is light, one can photograph."

 
 

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Groucho Marx: The Comedy of Existence
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Jewish Life of the Month: Martin Buber

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Martin Buber

Dates
1878-1965

Impact
Buber’s philosophical and theological writings, most famously I and Thou, made significant contributions to religious and Jewish thought, philosophical anthropology, biblical studies, political theory, and Zionism.

Famous Quote
"A person cannot approach the divine by reaching beyond the human. To become human, is what this individual person, has been created for."

 
Martin Buber: A Life of Faith and Dissent
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The Power of Peggy Guggenheim

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Watch a clip from the Tribeca Film Festival documentary, in which Peggy Guggenheim is remembered for her success and sexuality. Learn more about her uncompromising life with Jewish Lives.

 
Peggy Guggenheim: The Shock of the Modern
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Jewish Life of the Month: Ben Hecht

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Ben Hecht

Dates
1894-1964

Impact
A celebrated American screenwriter best known for Scarface,Twentieth Century, and Notorious, Hecht emerged as an outspoken crusader for the imperiled Jews of Europe and later became a fierce propagandist for pre-1948 Palestine’s Jewish terrorist underground.

Famous Quote
"Love is a hole in the heart."

 
Ben Hecht: Fighting Words, Moving Pictures
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The Genius of Albert Einstein

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Watch a History.com documentary about the extraordinary genius of Albert Einstein and learn more about the brilliant scientist with Jewish Lives. 

 
Einstein: His Space and Times
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Jewish Life of the Month: Leonard Bernstein

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Leonard Bernstein: An American Musician
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Leonard Bernstein

Dates
1918-1990

Impact
An internationally celebrated conductor, a skilled pianist, and brilliant composer, Bernstein is best known as the music director of the New York Philharmonic and for his music for West Side Story.

Famous Quote
"Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable."