The greatest empires have been wiped off the map of history. How have the Jews survived?
Mark Twain, in his article concerning the Jews, covers 6 points in the dilemma of what Characteristics have maintained the Jewish people for over 3300 years. He explores the characteristics of a Jew as citizen: “He is not a loafer, he is not a sot”. He questions if the persecution will come to an end, “You will always be by ways and habits and predilections substantially strangers – foreigners – wherever you are, and that will probably keep the race prejudice against you alive.” He wonders what has become of the Golden Rule. “It has never been intruded into business; and Jewish persecution is not a religious passion, it is a business passion.”
Mark Twain concludes that “The Jew saw them all, beat them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert and aggressive mind. All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?”
The great civilizations are all lost in ancient history, remaining only on Wikipedia. Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson defines the one unifying thread that has existed throughout Jewish history. With an inspiring story he illustrates how our survival is based on Torah and Mitzvahs.