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A Note from Leon Black

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Anita Shapira

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your interest in Jewish Lives. A partnership of the Leon D. Black Foundation and Yale University Press, the Jewish Lives biography series celebrates and preserves Jewish culture and history by exploring the vitality and continuity of remarkable Jewish lives from antiquity through the present.  The spectrum of biographies included in this project is broad and inclusive, featuring defining figures in literature, religion, philosophy, politics, cultural and economic life, as well as the arts and sciences.

I was inspired to create the Jewish Lives series in response to a question one of my sons asked relating to Jewish identity and continuity. I believe this library of biography can help answer this question and enrich with pride our understanding of Jewish life and achievements through history.

There is truly a hunger for books that zero in on the fascinating questions at the core of the Jewish experience. I hope you believe as I do that these Jewish Lives biographies will help to increase our understanding of what it means to be Jewish.


Leon D. Black
President, Leon D. Black Foundation