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The Jewish French Connection

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  • Chonon HaLevi Levin (deceased)
    Reb Chonon Halevi Levin from Ukraine and France, stemming from generations of Chabad Chassidim, fought against the Nazis in Stalingrad and against the Finns in Finland. Chonon Levin braved not just the...
  • Jean-Marie Lustiger, Cardinal (1926 - 2007)
    Wikipedia French Wikipedia English Cardinal Lustiger The Economist Aaron Jean-Marie Lustiger (17 September 1926 – 5 August 2007) was a French cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He was Archb...
  • Rabbi Élie Munk (1900 - 1981)
    Rabbi Élie Munk , a truly great spiritual leaders of European Jewry, and a a towering figure of Jewish scholarship and faith was born in Paris on September 15, 1900 (21 Eloul 5660) to a family of rabbi...
  • Rashi רש״י (1040 - 1105)
    Rashi was the outstanding Biblical commentator of the Middle Ages. He was born in Troyes, France, and lived from 1040 to 1105. He is considered the "father" of all commentaries that followed on the Tal...
  • Rachel bat Rashi (1070 - 1105)
    Firstborn daughter of RASHI Rachel was divorced from her husband, Eliezer. Judy Chicago, in her compendium of significant women in history, lists Rachel (b. 1070), daughter of Rashi, as a learned wom...

French Jewish intellectual and cultural life flourished through the ages, producing some of the most famous Jewish Rabbis, Philosophers, Artists, Mathematicians, and Scientists.

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