Raised in Charleston, South Carolina, Judah P. Benjamin (1811, St. Croix – 1884, Paris) was 14 years old when he left home to attend Yale Law School.
A cup of sugar, a couple of eggs or a few onions. These are the types of items that neighbors often lend to one another without a second thought.
Some people say that the difference between a human and an animal is the power of speech, others say it is consciousness, and, of course, others say that there are no differences.
When Jacob Milstein met Michael Heilprin, it seemed divinely ordained.
As a young man, the poet Carl Shapiro (born 1913, Baltimore – died 2000, New York City) contemplated changing his name to Karl Camden.
Akiva ben Yosef was once an ignorant and illiterate shepherd. So poor and downtrodden a figure was Akiva that his extremely wealthy father-in-law disinherited Akiva’s wife, Rachel, for marrying him.
Lag Ba’omer, the 33rd day of the counting of the Omer, is a minor holiday on the Jewish calendar. Its observance commemorates the end of a tragic plague that took the lives of nearly all of Rabbi Akiva’s 24,000 students.
On Lag Ba’omer, Jews around the world honor the memory of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, a student of Rabbi Akiva who delved into the esoteric meaning of the Torah.
The period of mourning* (for the 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva who died of plague) associated with Sefirat Ha’omer is not observed on the 33rd day of the Omer, a day known as Lag Ba’omer. In Hebrew, every letter has a numerical value.“
Why is the Adam’s Apple called the “Adam’s Apple”?