Sholom Aleichem (3/2/1859) was the Mark Twain of the Jewish People.

The similarity between Sholom Aleichem and Mark Twain was noted during their lifetimes. When the two met, Sholom Aleichem said: “They call me the Jewish Mark Twain.” to which Twain responded: “They call me the Americans Sholom Aleichem.” Now that is an exchange I wish I had been privy to!

March 2 is a date with impressive pedigree—it is also the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Sholom Aleichem was 45 years old when Mark Twain was born. I wonder if they ever exchanged greetings?


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