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Twenty/twenty : Jewish visionaries through two thousand years
Marǵolies, Morris B.
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Northvale, N.J. : Jason Aronson, [2000]

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viii, 263 pages ; 24 cm
The first century : Gamaliel of Yavneh -- The second century : Simon Bar Kokhba -- The third century : Abba Arikha -- The fourth century : Abbaye and Rava -- The fifth century : Rav Ashi -- The sixth century : Jose ben Jose -- The seventh century : Bustenai -- The eighth century : Anan ben David -- The ninth century : Eldad the Danite -- The tenth century : Hasdai ibn Shaprut -- The eleventh century : Gaon Hai -- The twelfth century : Maimonides -- The thirteenth century : Moses ben Nachman -- The fourteenth century : Moses de Leon -- The fifteenth century : Don Isaac Abravanel -- The sixteenth century : Don Joseph Nasi -- The seventeenth century : Sabbetai Zvi -- The eighteenth century : Israel Baál Shem Tov -- The nineteenth century : Samuel David Luzzatto -- The twentieth century : Theodor Herzl.
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This book focuses on the lives and accomplishments of twenty Jews who left a crucial imprint upon Judaism as we know it today. The author, Rabbi Morris B. Margolies, believes that most readers are bewildered when a page of history is saturated with a wide

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Morris B. Margolies is Rabbi Emeritus of Beth Shalom Congregation of Kansas City, Missouri, and a former professor of Jewish history at the University of Kansas. He was ordained by Yeshiva University, has a master's degree from the University of Chicago, and also holds a doctorate in Jewish History from Columbia University.

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Library Journal Review

In his latest book, Rabbi Margolies (Samuel David Luzzatto, Gathering of Angels) looks at 20 centuries of Jewish history through the lives of 20 "visionaries." One Jewish figure from each century is examined, providing snapshots of Judaism's evolution. The renowned Gamaliel of Yavneh, from the first century, towers as the most influential of all. Other profiled visionaries left landmark achievements: Rav Ashi, from the fifth, completed and compiled the Talmud; in the 19th century, Samuel David Luzzatto revived use of the Hebrew language and other "obsolete" Jewish traditions. Margolies writes passionately and evidently cares strongly for the individuals he singles out. Fortunately, his subjective assessments are grounded in good research, and, given that the book targets a general audience, his affection and feeling make for a user-friendly tour through two millennia of Judaism. Recommended for public libraries.--Loren Rosson III, Nashua P.L., NH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.