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Biographies In Brief

Brief biographies of some of our nation's greatest leaders.

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18 Incredibly Brave Jewish Women
Take a look at some amazing Jewish heroines spanning 3,000 years of history.
Who Was Queen Esther?
Heroine of the Purim Story
Learn all about Queen Esther, the reluctant heroine of the Purim story.
18 Amazing Converts to Judaism You Should Know
Throughout history the Jewish nation has been enriched by converts—upstanding men and women who opted to enter the covenant and become part of the Chosen Nation.
10 Inspiring Orphans Who Significantly Impacted Judaism
Meet 10 Jewish leaders who were orphaned at a young age and went on to add richness and beauty to Jewish life until this very day.
16 Amazing People Who Beat the Odds to Preserve Judaism
Time and time again, it appeared as if the plucky nation of monotheists would be swallowed up by the religion du jour
Judah
1565-1446 BCE
The Story of Joseph in the Bible
From Prisoner to Prince
Joseph was sold by his brothers to Egypt, where he ultimately became ruler of the land, second only to King Pharaoh.
Moses: The Man of G-d
The greatest prophet who ever lived, Moses transcribed the Torah (also known as the Five Books of Moses), the foundational text of Judaism.
Maimonides: His Life and Works
Rabbi Moses ben Maimon, 1135-1204 ("Rambam")
Rabbi Moses ben Maimon, Talmudist, Halachist, physician, philosopher and communal leader, known in the Jewish world by the acronym "Rambam" and to the world at large as "Maimonides."
Mattityahu
? - 139 BCE
The Rosh
Rabbi Asher ben Yechiel, 1250?-1327
Rabbi Moshe Cordovero
"The Ramak"
"I shall soon leave this world," said the great master. "The one who will take my place will say things that may seem to contradict what I have taught you, but do not oppose him, for his teachings stem from the same source as mine"
The Alter Rebbe
Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745–1812)
The life, teachings and works of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, founder of Chabad.
Rabbi DovBer of Lubavitch
A brief biography of the second Chabad Rebbe.
The Ben Ish Chai
Chacham Yosef Chaim of Baghdad
Chacham Yosef Chaim understood that cut-and-dry Torah law would not appeal to many, so the bulk of his discourses were coupled with Kabbalah and Aggadah. He helped his followers make associations between Biblical lore and the law, so their hearts would be drawn to the wisdom of Torah...
Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn
Sixth Rebbe of Chabad-Lubavitch
Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, the sixth rebbe of Chabad-Lubavitch, was one of the most remarkable Jewish personalities of the twentieth century.
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