A chance rebuke propelled the lawyer Yoel Engel into a new career: collecting the 'national music' of the Jewish people.
David B. Green
The singer-songwriter made her first ‘record’ at age 3 and wrote mega-hits at 17, but her breakthrough as a performer only came when she reached the advanced age of 28.
This Day in Jewish History / The Founder of the First birth-control Clinic Is Born in the Netherlands
The Netherlands hadn’t banned women from voting because nobody thought they wanted to. Once they realized women did, it was banned, until Aletta Jacobs made it otherwise.
This Day in Jewish History 1906: An Author Who Despised Himself and Had 50-year Writer's Block Is Born
The world would grow to love Henry Roth's 'Call it Sleep' a lot more than he could love himself for much of his life.
Why Ernest Gruening opposed letting Europe's Jews into Alaska isn't clear, but later he was a staunch supporter of Israel.
Robert Hofstadter was probably proudest of his contribution to scanning technology, now used in medicine and outer space.
But he had to convert to Christianity first, and proceeded to bore his students to tears.
Al Lewis was such an inveterate storyteller that the date of his death is one of the few things people know about him for sure.
Rabbi Israel Salanter did not denigrate ritual: He felt that ethical behavior, such as caring for sick Jews on Shabbat, should supersede.
February 1, 2002 This Day in Jewish History / Journalist Daniel Pearl Murdered in Pakistan by Islamic Terrorists
The Wall Street Journal’s South Asia bureau chief, who was kidnapped in Karachi, Pakistan while pursuing an Al-Qaida connection, remained proud and defiant to the end.