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June 3, 2010 | by Mark Miller

Jewish Tweets throughout history.

For those of you who’ve been living in a cave for the past four years, you’ve got a lot of catching up to do – mainly episodes of “Lost” and “Dancing With the Stars.” Otherwise, things are pretty much as you remember them. Except for this new (to you) thing called Twitter. Twitter is a social networking and micro-blogging (Just Google any words you don’t understand. Oh, but first have someone explain Google to you.) service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author's profile page and delivered to the author's subscribers who are known as followers. No, I’m not making this up. Hey, well it’s partially your own fault for choosing cave dwelling for the past few years, now, isn’t it? I was upset about the Enron disaster, too, but I didn’t go all prehistoric about it.

Anyway, since its creation in 2006, Twitter has gained notability and popularity worldwide. It is ranked as one of the 50 most popular websites worldwide with 55 million monthly visits and a monthly growth of 1,382 percent. Is it any wonder that Jews, being the great communicators we are, have taken to it like lox to eggs?

Imagine if Twitter had always been around.

Imagine, though, if Twitter had always been around. How might that have changed the lives of notable Jews through history? What might their tweets have said? What kinds of insights might we derive from studying them? These are the kinds of thoughts that fill my mind on a daily basis. Which means that either I’m an extremely thoughtful, imaginative person – or that I’ll have to be in regular, frequent, psychological therapy for years and years before any progress is notable. But that’s not your problem. All you need to do is enjoy the following Jewish Tweets Through History.

Harry Houdini

What good is escaping from a locked, underwater crate if your mother-in-law is waiting to nag you as soon as you get out?

Sandy Koufax

Being a Jewish baseball player was like being an Amish secret agent. Strangely, my cousin is an Amish secret agent. But I digress.


Let my people go – and then check out our cool nomadic community at Free unleavened bread the first 100 to logon.

Albert Einstein

“E=MC². I know that may seem confusing now, but one day you’ll recognize it as the work of a genius. I know; I’m working on my humility.”

Henry Kissinger

Twitter’s great for people like me, whose voices can put anyone within a three mile radius to sleep.

Sigmund Freud

“The human psyche can be divided into three parts: ego, super-ego, and id. I’d say more, but our time is up. How does that make you feel?”

Bugsy Siegel

Gambling, bootlegging, murder – does life get any more satisfying than this? Hey, pass the whitefish.

Groucho Marx

“I can’t understand why they won’t let me star in ‘Hamlet.’ My only requirement is keeping the moustache, glasses and cigar.”

Franz Kafka

A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die. How come I’m not invited to more parties?

Gertrude Stein

A rose is a rose is a rose. Same thing applies to a bad piece of cheese, but it doesn’t look as classy on the page.

Samuel Gompers

How is it that a man can found the American Federation of Labor and still not be able to get a date? Life’s just not fair.

Bob Dylan

How many characters must a man write down before they call it a tweet? The answer my friend is found on Twitter’s FAQ page.

Marc Chagall

Hey, if you ate as much cholent as I did, you’d paint men and goats flying over houses, too!

Arthur Miller

Marilyn, you don’t know me, but I’m a fairly well known author and I just get the feeling that we might hit it off.

Jonas Salk

I just want to meet a woman who’ll let me stick needles in her arm. Is that too much to ask? But, no, they all have to call me a weirdo.

Anna Freud

For our first date, Siggy had me rest on the couch and discuss my unresolved feelings about my father. I would have preferred a picnic.

Levi Strauss

Mark my words – some day my name will be on your rear end.

Louis B. Mayer

If only I could meet two other people named Metro and Goldwyn – then my career would really take off!

Betty Friedan

One day I’ll be known as the most famous feminist and founder of the National Organization for Women. Then I’ll be able to get a date.

Robert J. Oppenheimer

I’m working on a top-secret project in Los Alamos for the U.S. government. It’s the bomb!

Simon Wiesenthal

If you have any neighbors with a German accent who seem kind of nervous and stand-offish, please let me know.

Irving Berlin

There’s no business like show business – though air conditioner repair work comes close.

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