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Video: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Louis D. Brandeis

Rebecca Keys

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Images courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Watch a C-SPAN video of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg celebrating the 100th anniversary of the nomination of Justice Louis D. Brandeis in 2016. Learn more about the enduring legacy of Brandeis with constitutional expert and Jewish Lives author Jeffrey Rosen.

Jewish Life of the Month

Rebecca Keys

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Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Sarah Bernhardt

Dates
1844-1923

Best Known For
World renowned French stage actress with a "golden voice."  She also played male roles, including Shakespeare's Hamlet. One of the first actresses to act in motion pictures.

Famous Quote
"Legends remain victorious in spite of history."

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Freud

Rebecca Keys

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Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

1. Freud’s death may have been a physician-assisted suicide.
2. His chain-smoking led to more than 30 cancer surgeries.
3. Freud once thought cocaine was a miracle drug. 

Check out the rest of the list via History.com, and learn more about the father of modern psychoanalysis with Jewish Lives.

Jewish Life of the Month

Rebecca Keys

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Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Rav Kook

Dates
1865-1935

Best Known For
First Ashkenazi chief rabbi of British Mandatory Palestine. Orthodox. Zionist. One of the most influential rabbis of the 20th century.

Famous Quote
"I don't speak because I have the power to speak; I speak because I don't have the power to remain silent."

Who is the Real Jack Warner?

Rebecca Keys

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Unschooled Jewish immigrant. Brilliant businessman. Cultural innovator. "Scumbag?" Learn more about how Jack and his brothers forever changed Hollywood in our latest biography, Warner Bros: The Making of an American Movie Studio by eminent film critic David Thomson.

"Jack [Warner] is lucky to have a man...who has thought so deeply...and ultimately so brilliantly about him. We, his readers, are lucky too."—The Wall Street Journal

An Affair Immortalized

Rebecca Keys

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© Frida Kahlo/WikiArt.org

Did you know that Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky had an affair with Mexican painter Frida Kahlo? The painting pictured is titled “Self Portrait Dedicated to Leon Trotsky” (1937) and provides a glimpse into Trotsky's rich cultural legacy. Read more about his dramatic life and times in the Jewish Lives biography, Leon Trotsky: A Revolutionary's Life.

Video: Lin-Manuel Miranda on Lillian Hellman

Rebecca Keys

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Images courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda credits the pioneering playwright Lillian Hellman with giving him his first "big break." Check out this video and learn more about the daring screenwriter herself in the Jewish Lives biography of Lillian Hellman.

Freud's Fascination with Jewish Humor

Rebecca Keys

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What's in a joke? Freud believed Jewish humor helped the Jewish people overcome oppressive social conditions by laughing at them. Watch a brief video about Freud’s life and learn more about the joke-loving founder of psychoanalysis with Jewish Lives.

Jewish Life of the Month

Rebecca Keys

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Name
King Solomon

Dates
10th century BCE. Some scholars question whether Solomon existed.

Best Known For
King David's son with Bathsheba. Building the First Temple in Jerusalem. 1,000 wives. Ancient Israel's wisest and wealthiest ruler.

Famous Quote
"Happy is the man who finds wisdom and the man who attains understanding."

Free Podcast: Rabbi Akiva's Legacy

Rebecca Keys

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Free Podcast: Rabbi Akiva's Legacy
Listen to author Barry W. Holtz explain why we should approach the Talmud as a “multi-volume, postmodern experimental novel" on Tablet Magazine's Unorthodox podcast, and explore the life of Rabbi Akiva in the latest addition to the Jewish Lives series.

Jewish Life of the Month

Rebecca Keys

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Name
Emma Goldman

Date
1869-1940

Best Known For
Radical anarchist activism. Fiery speeches about free love, atheism, prison conditions, and more. Deported from the U.S. to Russia in 1917.

Famous Quote
"The most violent element in society is ignorance."