What constitutes a generation? Robert Wohl probes this question in his book, The Generation of 1914. Through observing the mostly middle class of five European nations, the French, German, British, Spanish and Italian, Wohl raises awareness about the complexity and consciousness of what makes a generation.
There is a famous debate between Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Shimon ben Azzai. Which verse in the Torah is the guiding principle of Judaism? According to Rabbi Akiva it is the golden rule:” Love your friend as yourself” (v’ahavta l’reacha kamocha). Ben Azzai differs, and maintains it is the verse, “These are the generations” (ele toldot ha’adam).