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DID YOU KNOW THAT …some people believe that the late great legend of New Orleans Jazz, Louis Satchmo Armstrong, was considered to have been adopted by Jews?
Abby Sher, in a recent column to Jewniverse, filed this fascinating story…
Born in New Orleans, Armstrong dropped out of school to earn money for his family in fifth grade, and started working as a delivery boy for the Karnofskys. They soon started feeding him hot meals each night, and even gave him a bed to sleep in. They fed him in other ways too: they lent him five dollars so he could buy his first cornet, and encouraged him to sing. Later in life, Armstrong would write about both the kindness of the Karnofskys and the discrimination they withstood as Jews.
Tillie (Ester) Karnofsky
But little Louis’s difficulties continued. He got in trouble for being a “dangerous and suspicious character” and was eventually arrested and sent to the Colored Waif’s Home for Boys. This also wound up being a gift, though, since the home gave him great musical instruction. Thirteen-year-old Armstrong became the leader of the home’s band and by the time he graduated he was booking gigs. And for years to come, he would wear a Star of David around his neck to remind him of his benefactors’ kindness
“It is true greatness to have in one the frailty of a man and the security of a god.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Roman statesman
Lucius Annaeus Seneca was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and in one work humorist, of the Silver Age of Latin literature. He was a tutor and later advisor to emperor Nero.
“I cannot imagine a G-d who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation and is but a reflection of human frailty”.
Albert Einstein, Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. Einstein’s work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science.