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    ”...If statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of stardust lost in the blaze of the Milky way. properly, the Jew ought hardly to be heard of, but he is heard of, has always been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other people, and his commercial importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the smallness of his bulk. His contributions to the world’s list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine, and abstruse learning are also away out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers. He has made a marvelous fight in this world, in all the ages; and had done it with his hands tied behind him. He could be vain of himself, and be excused for it.

    The Egyptian, the Babylonian, and the Persian rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to dream-stuff and passed away; the Greek and the Roman followed; and made a vast noise, and they are gone; other people have sprung up and held their torch high for a time, but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, or have vanished. The Jew saw them all, beat them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert and aggressive mind. All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?”

    - Mark Twain
    (“Concerning The Jews,” Harper’s Magazine, 1899
    see The Complete Essays of Mark Twain, Doubleday [1963] pg. 249)
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Miracle Of Jewish History

  1. 1. The Miracle of the Jewish People Joseph Sonnenblick All Rights Reserved
  2. 2. The State of Israel : Can it Survive ?
  3. 3. Outnumbered & Surrounded by its Enemies <ul><li>Arab Population 187 million Israel 6 million </li></ul><ul><li>Arab Countries Square Miles : 1.9 million Miles Israel: 8000 Miles </li></ul><ul><li>Arab Armies: 1.6 Million Israel: 600,000(includes reserves) </li></ul>
  4. 4. A World Against its Very Existence
  5. 5. A Media that Predicts its Demise <ul><li>Can Israel Survive ? </li></ul>
  6. 6. With Friends like the U.N.…
  7. 7. Iran President: Israel &quot;must be wiped off the map&quot;... <ul><li>Iranian leader: Holocaust a 'myth' </li></ul>
  8. 8. Can Israel Survive ?
  9. 9. American Jewry’s Demise <ul><li>Intermarriage </li></ul><ul><li>Assimilation </li></ul><ul><li>Indifference </li></ul>
  10. 10. Question: Is this Something New? <ul><li>History Repeats itself </li></ul><ul><li>The Jewish People have been through this before </li></ul><ul><li>We need to look and study our past </li></ul><ul><li>Yerushalmi ( Zahor) writes “If Heroditus was the father of history, the father of the meaning in history was the Jews” </li></ul>
  11. 11. Learning from History <ul><li>“ Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times.” Machiavelli </li></ul>
  12. 12. Ancient Israel : Surrounded by Powerful Empires <ul><li>Assyria & Babylonia to the North Egypt to the South </li></ul>
  13. 13. Assyrians & Babylonians <ul><li>722 Assyria Conquers the Northern Kingdom </li></ul><ul><li>Expels 10 Tribes – 10 “Lost Tribes” </li></ul><ul><li>586 Babylonians Destroy Jerusalem and the Temple </li></ul>
  14. 14. Greeks & Romans <ul><li>169 BCE - Seleucid king, Antiochus IV Epiphanes outlaws Judaism, Profanes the Temple </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>70 CE Fall of Jerusalem </li></ul><ul><li>2 nd Temple Destroyed </li></ul><ul><li>Jews exiled to Rome </li></ul>
  15. 15.  Destruction & Exile <ul><li>70 CE The Jewish People go into Exile </li></ul>
  16. 16. Ancient Period - Empires <ul><li>Focus: Palestine/Judea, Nationalism </li></ul><ul><li>Religion: Temple –based </li></ul><ul><li>Temple – destroyed </li></ul><ul><li>Medieval Period – Religions </li></ul><ul><li>Focus: Galut ( Exile) </li></ul><ul><li>Religion: Torah(Yavneh, Babylonia) & Prayer </li></ul><ul><li>Christianity & Islam Contend with Judaism Persecution & Anti Semitism </li></ul>
  17. 17. The Medieval Period: Jews in the Christian World <ul><li>Jews are Accused of Deicide – Christ Killers </li></ul><ul><li>Christians claim G-d’s covenant with the Jews is void: Jews are no more G-d’s Chosen People </li></ul>
  18. 18. Christian Anti Semitism Assumes many Forms <ul><li>Blood Libels </li></ul><ul><li>Host Desecration </li></ul>
  19. 19. The Crusades
  20. 20. The Spanish Inquisition
  21. 21. Expulsions <ul><li>England – 1290 </li></ul><ul><li>France - 1305 </li></ul><ul><li>Germany – 1394 </li></ul><ul><li>Spain – 1492 </li></ul><ul><li>Portugal - 1496 </li></ul>
  22. 22. Despite Persecutions… Jewish Genius <ul><li>Rashi - Commentary Bible & Talmud </li></ul><ul><li>Rambam - Jewish Law, Philosophy & Medicine </li></ul>
  23. 23. Modern Period <ul><li>Emancipation & Enlightenment Raise </li></ul><ul><li>High Hopes & Expectations for Jews </li></ul>
  24. 24. But Anti-Semitism Assumes New Forms <ul><li>Racial Anti-Semitism: Jews are inferior race </li></ul><ul><li>Nationalism – Shared Loyalty to the Nation Jews seen as “Alien” </li></ul><ul><li>Dreyfus Affair </li></ul>
  25. 25. The Holocaust <ul><li>Hitler comes to Power 1933 </li></ul><ul><li>Nuremberg Laws 1935 </li></ul>
  26. 26. Kristallnacht - 1938
  27. 27. The Final Solution
  28. 28. The Holocaust 6 Million Jews Killed Europe - Judenfrei
  29. 29. 1948 – State of Israel Declared! <ul><li>First Time in 2000 Years Independent Jewish State </li></ul>
  30. 30. Jewish Contribution to the World <ul><li>The Bible – First System of Ethics & Monotheism </li></ul><ul><li>Ten Commandments </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas like “Love thy Neighbor as Yourself”  </li></ul><ul><li>Judeo Christian Heritage founded on Jewish ideas </li></ul><ul><li>740 Nobel Prizes Between 1901 and 2004 - 156 are Jews </li></ul><ul><li>Medicine – 29% </li></ul><ul><li>Chemistry – 19% </li></ul><ul><li>Economics – 38% </li></ul><ul><li>Physics – 26% </li></ul><ul><li>Peace – 10% </li></ul>
  31. 31. Jewish Thinkers Sigmund Freud Karl Marx Alert Einstein
  32. 32. Judaism & its Influence <ul><li>“ The Jew is the Emblem of Eternity …the first to produce the Oracle of G-D” </li></ul><ul><li>Leo Tolstoy </li></ul>
  33. 33. Judaism & Liberty <ul><li>Liberty Bell in Philadelphia – “Proclaim Liberty throughout the Land” ( Leviticus 25:10) </li></ul>
  34. 34. The Jewish Influence <ul><li>&quot;I will insist the Hebrews have [contributed] more to civilize men than any other nation” </li></ul><ul><li>“ They have given religion to three-quarters of the globe and have influenced the affairs of mankind more and more happily than any other nation, ancient or modern” </li></ul><ul><li>John Adams , 2nd President of the United States </li></ul>
  35. 35. Judaism & the Modern World <ul><li>: “ The Laws of Moses as well as the laws of Rome contributed suggestions and impulse to the men and institutions which were to prepare the modern world “ U.S. President Woodrow Wilson </li></ul>
  36. 36. Influence on America <ul><li>Yale University Seal </li></ul><ul><li>Columbia University Seal </li></ul>
  37. 37. The Miracle of Jewish History <ul><li>Mark Twain Harper's Magazine ,1898 </li></ul><ul><li>“ The Egyptian, the Babylonian, and the Persian rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then . . . passed away. The Greek and the Roman followed. The Jew saw them all, beat them all… All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?” </li></ul>
  38. 38. The Miracle of the Jewish People <ul><li>“ A Jew who does not believe in miracles is not a realist” David Ben Gurion - First Prime Minister of the State of Israel: </li></ul>