A Jew for Your Day

The sadly no-longer-updated site Jew of the Day was a great gimmick for teaching about random Jewish people — from Zionism Sundays (check out Israel Zangwill‘s hat) to Culture Thursdays (Stanislaw Lem to Shel Silverstein and Elvis!), it gave us something that was more than trivia. Not exactly a treasure-trove of biographical facts, but tidbits that make us a modicum smarter are why God created the Internet in the first place.

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(Note, in the banner above, Anne Frank and Captain Kirk right next to each other. How can the world *not* love Jews?)

Despite the occasional slip-up (Moshe Katsav looks so creepy in this picture, it’s a wonder he wasn’t arrested a decade ago), JotD still has a great database of 350 Jews we should know about (and, inexplicably, one honorary non-Jew, a science teacher in Palatine, Illinois). Go have a gander…and let us know what you come up with.

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