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"Am Yisrael Chai" - Eternal Nation

The secret to the Jewish people's 4,000-year longevity.

by Staff

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Vocals and piano by Sam Glaser

Quote from Mark Twain: "Concerning the Jews"

If the statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of star dust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way. Properly, the Jew ought hardly to be heard of; but he is heard of, has always been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other people... His contributions to the world's list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine, and abstruse learning are also way out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers. He has made a marvelous fight in the world, in all the ages; and has done it with his hands tied behind him.

The Egyptian, the Babylonian, and the Persian rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to dream-stuff and passed away; the Greek and the Roman followed, and made a vast noise, and they are gone; other peoples have sprung up and held their torch high for a time, but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, or have vanished...

All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?

What do YOU think is the secret to the Jewish people's immortality?

June 16, 2004

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Visitor Comments: 23

(22) Mike M., May 3, 2017 11:52 PM

What do YOU think is the secret to the Jewish people's immortality?

The answer is now and always has been - GOD.

(21) Michael Bernstein, October 8, 2015 2:22 PM

Gribbiness and Lutkes

Its simple, we are infused with a spirit of curiosity, of togetherness, of traditions, , of love , of kindness and of "doing good things" from our earliest childhood.
That would be a great name for a book....
Tzidokoh and Tsuris ....the history of our people.

(20) Wayne, July 1, 2015 2:01 PM

What do YOU think is the secret to the Jewish people's immortality?

The answer to this question is one and the same, it is because of HaShem and only because of HaShem, this is regardless whether they (secular or religious Jews) admit it or not.

(19) williams, November 13, 2014 6:18 PM

Definitely, Israel is a blessed country; the promise land. Their history goes beyond the most of people can see. It's impossible look to Israel only with the natural eyes. It's necessary understand the people and land under the optical of the spiritual view. Israel is the people of God. We use to say that he is the first son, who still keeps the primogeniture privileges. But it's not easy...

(18) Anonymous, July 24, 2013 6:22 PM

We Jews keep HOPE alive and our covenant with G-d.

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