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Spinoza was a Jewish-Dutch philosopher. Revealing considerable scientific aptitude, the breadth and… [More] importance of Spinoza’s work was not fully realized until years after his death. By laying the groundwork for the 18th century Enlightenment and modern biblical criticism, he came to be considered one of the great rationalists of 17th-century philosophy. His magnum opus, the posthumous Ethics, in which he opposed Descartes’s mind–body dualism, has earned him recognition as one of Western philosophy’s most important contributors. [Less]
1884: Yitzhak Ben Zvi
Ben Zvi was a historian, Labor Zionist leader, the second and longest-serving President of Israel.… [More] Ben-Zvi believed that the president should set an example for the public and his home should reflect the austerity of the times. For over 26 years, he and his family lived in a wooden hut in the Rehavia neighborhood of Jerusalem. [Less]
1944: Dan Glickman
Glickman is a Jewish-American businessman and politician. He served as the United States Secretary of… [More] Agriculture from 1995 until 2001, prior to which he represented the Fourth Congressional District of Kansas as a Democrat in Congress for 18 years. He was Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) from 2004–2010. He serves as a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, where he focuses on public health, national security, and economic policy issues. He also co-chairs BPC’s Democracy Project and co-leads the center’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative. [Less]