In the year 1899, Mark Twain penned his famous essay Concerning the Jews, which he later described as his “gem in the ocean.” He concluded with the following passage:
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?
This class will discuss the secret of Jewish immortality – the miraculous story of survival that has unfolded over three thousand years, and continues to unfold before our very eyes.