Rosh Hashanah Day Two: Revolutionary Jews



The Secret Of Thinking Different

What do these individuals have in common: Abraham. Moses. Galileo, Columbus (?), Karl Marx, Albert Einstein. Niels Bohr. Sigmund Freud, Jonas Salk, Albert Sabin, Bela Schick, Adolf von Baeyer, Oscar Minkowski, Georges-Fernand-Isidor Widal, Baruch Blumberg, G. Edelman, Briton Epstein, Maria Meyer, Julius Mayer, Isaac Singer, Mark Zuckerburg, Larry Page, Sergei Brin. The list goes on.

They are all revolutionaries that changed the world in some way. They are also all… Jews.

Coincidence? Hardly. Jews have been at the forefront of so many of history’s junctures, in numbers disproportionate to that of any other nation of the world.

A recent book by Steven Gimbel, entitled Einstein’s Jewish Science: Physics at the Intersection of Politics and Religion, brings to mind the unique contributions Jews have brought to the world, especially in changing the nature of science. The Nazis ironically tried to denigrate Einstein’s revolutionary theory by calling it “Jewish science,” sensing the power of Jews to always foment a revolution.

But what is the secret behind the uniqueness of the Jew? Why are Jews such revolutionaries? Rosh Hashana carries the answer to this timeless question. Indeed, the Jewish New Year is the greatest of all revolutions, for it gave birth and spawned all the ground-breaking discoveries that would change the face of this planet and the course of history.

Above all, Rosh Hashana empowers us to become revolutionaries in our own right, to defy the status-quo and transcend the confines of our lives … to discover how we can become part of the solution instead of being part of the problem … to create a paradigm shift.


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