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November 19: Larry King

It was on this date, November 19, 1933, that award winning American broadcaster Larry King, host of TV’s “Larry King Live” interview show, was born Lawrence Harvey Zeigler in Brooklyn, New York, the offspring of Orthodox Jews who had emigrated from Russia. Young Larry was so close to his father, that when he died of a heart attack at age 43, he was furious that his father was taken from him. He has been an agnostic ever since, saying, “Even though I’m a very forgiving person, if there is a God, I’d have a tough time forgiving Him.”

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Originally published October 2003 by Ronald Bruce Meyer.

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November 24: Baruch Spinoza

Benedict (Baruch) Spinoza (1632) It was on this date, November 24, 1632, that Portuguese-Jewish philosopher Baruch Spinoza was born in Amsterdam to a family settled in Holland. The family were Portuguese crypto-Jews — that is, Jews forcibly converted to Christianity while secretly remaining Jewish. Spinoza was a bright student in the Talmud Torah school and […]



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