Beit RaMBam

 


Tishri 5778


 

Am Israel Chai


We are a nation of dreamers… we have been since patriarch Iaakov and his son Iosef, as the Torah tells us. Generations of Jews have had beautiful dreams throughout our history, including Theodor Herzl, whose dream became true with the foundation of a modern state in the biblical land: a point of reference for all of us, even though we live in the most diverse of places all over the planet.

However, not only do we dream but we are also a nation of doers who, as soon as we possibly can, fight to turn our dreams into reality. The idea that we come to this world to make it a better place, is very much alive within our people because we are partners with Adonai in the never-ending labour of Creation.

With Jews adding up to approximately 13-14 million people or about 0.2% of the total world population, we can count some 170 Nobel Prize winners. The number of Jews that have been awarded the prize, in all its modalities, represents 22% of all Nobel Prizes awarded since the foundation of the Swedish Academy.

These are some of the most prominent members of the Jewish People who have made their dreams come true, contributed to building a better world and received thanks and recognition for having done so.

Marc Shall

Plastic artist and painter. His traditional education and biblical themes, which reflect his Jewish heritage are the subject of many of his works of art. Chagall is linked to the Modernist movement following Impressionism.

Albert Einstein

Einstein became worldly famous due to his Theory of Relativity that revolutionized modern Physics. He received the Nobel Prize in Physics for his explanation of the photoelectric effect in 1921.

Isaac Bashevis

Writer and journalist, who wrote virtually all his texts in Yiddish, the language spoken by Ashkenazi Jews. He was awarded with the National Book Award in 1973, and then with the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978.

Jonas Edward Salk

Physician and virology researcher, mainly recognized for having discovered and developed the first safe and effective vaccine against poliomyelitis.

Sir Adolf Krebs

German biochemist, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1953. His main research works were focused on the study of cell metabolism. He discovered that most known reactions within the cell are related to one another, what is known as the Krebs cycle.

Sigmund Freud

Neurologist, physician, father of Psychoanalysis and one of the main intellectual figures of the 20th century. He revolutionized the theoretical framework of Psychology with concepts that have stayed forever in the annals of this discipline, such as the ‘unconscious’, ‘infantile sexuality’, and the ‘death drive’, amongst others.

Rita Levi

Neuroscientist, researcher on ways to cure degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1986 together with Stanley Cohen for her work on the nerve growth factor (or NGF). When in 1938 Mussolini published the Manifesto per la Difesa della Razza (Charter of Race), which forbid any Jewish person access to an academic or professional career, she had to go to exile. She died at 103 years old.

Itzjak Rabin

Fifth Prime Minister, between 1974 and 1977, and the first born in Israel who hold such a position. He was re-elected in 1992. In 1994 he received both the Nobel Prize in Peace for his pacifist policies which culminated in the Oslo Agreements and the Principe de Asturias de Cooperación Internacional (Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation). He was assassinated in 1995 by Ygal Amir, an Israeli militant right extremist, who opposed Rabin’s ideas of exchanging territories for peace.