Who Knew?!: Unusual Stories in Jewish History

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GEFEN BOOKS, 2010 - History - 242 pages
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Did you know that the great Jewish sage and physician Maimonides practiced medicine while lying flat on his back? That a famous passage penned by George Washington was actually the work of a rabbi? That a Jewish athlete represented Nazi Germany in its infamous 1936 Olympic Games? That Yasser Arafat was made by the KGB? These and many more such intriguing stories make up Jack Cooper s fascinating collection of historical windows on the life of the Jews. Covering biblical times through to today, these unusual vignettes on the sidelines of history come together to form a story that is anything but a sideline, depicting a resourceful people who have survived and thrived despite the worst history has thrown at them. Whether you read it straight through, or pick out individual stories to read as the mood strikes, you re in for a captivating read!"

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User Review  - antiquary - LibraryThing

This is a collection of unusual facts about Jewish history collected from a very wide range of sources. The items range from the amusing (A Chinese shopkeeper priced his goods in Hebrew) to appalling ... Read full review

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User Review  - julialonni - LibraryThing

This is a book for insiders. Author Jack Cooper has a grandfatherly air to his writing, as though a group of beloved children are sitting at his feet and he's telling them about Jewish history. I ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Wein retired from his positions as a congregational rabbi and yeshivah dean. He lectures regularly and produces videos on Jewish history.

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