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The Jewish French Connection

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  • Abraham ben Joseph of Orleans (c.1165 - 1226)
    Abraham ben Joseph of Orleans Wikipedia Rabbi Abraham ben Joseph of Orleans (Hebrew: רבי אברהם בן יוסף; c. 1140) was an early 12th-century French Tosafist. Some have suggested that he is identical ...
  • Rabbi * Yitzchak Ben Shlomo Tzarfati, RASHI's father (1010 - 1060)
    Family tree (in Hebrew): Rashi's father, Yitzchak was a great scholar, but very poor. He made a meager living from the sale of wine. Legend has it that he once found a rare diamond and thought to s...
  • Amedeo Modigliani (1884 - 1920)
    Amedeo Clemente Modigliani (July 12, 1884 – January 24, 1920) was an Italian artist who worked mainly in France. Primarily a figurative artist, he became known for paintings and sculptures in a modern ...
  • Marcel Proust (1871 - 1922)
    Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust , known as Marcel Proust , was a French novelist, critic, and essayist best known for his monumental À la recherche du temps perdu ( In Search of Lost Time ;...
  • Henri Bergson, Nobel Prize in Literature 1927 (1859 - 1941)
    Henri-Louis Bergson (French pronunciation: [b%C9%9B%CA%81ks%C9%94n] 18 October 1859 – 4 January 1941) was a major French philosopher, influential especially in the first half of the 20th century. Bergs...

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