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Jan 27, 2022, 10:01 PM
The poor Poles look upon the Valley of Dry Bones
“Yahweh set me down in the middle of the valley, a valley full of bones. He made me walk up and down and all around among them. There were vast quantities of these bones on the floor of the...
Dec 27, 2021, 7:34 PM
Menachem Begin – a Pole “born in Jerusalem”
The biophysicist Ephraim Katzir entered politics only once – when he became the fourth president of Israel. This happened as a result of tragedy. In May 1972, Japanese terrorists murdered 26 random people and injured threefold as many more...
Dec 23, 2021, 11:11 AM
Rabbi Samuel Mohilever – toward ‘the gates of hope’
A young Jewish woman from Glubokoye, in today’s northern Belarus, was with child. Nearing the end of her pregnancy, she had a nightmare about a huge fire engulfing her home. Her father, Rabbi Joshua Jaffe, soothed her explaining it...
Dec 20, 2021, 11:16 AM
Rabbi Kalischer from Toruń – the father of religious Zionism
Two outstanding figures in the city of Toruń’s history are separated by just 20 metres. That’s how far it is between the monument of Copernicus standing on the corner of the Old Town square and the bust of Tsevi...
Dec 17, 2021, 5:27 PM
Nahum Sokolow – “The world’s most important Jew”
In 1893 one Max Osterberg-Verakoff published a German-language Zionist utopian novel entitled The Jewish Kingdom in the year 6000 (2241 AD). The novel begins with the ceremonious unveiling of a statue of William Blackstone, who is revered as the...
Dec 15, 2021, 5:13 PM
David Gordon? One of the three greats of early Zionism!
The key to the mid-19th-century development of Ełk (then the Prussian town of Lyck) was the railway. The rather large, for its time, rail station connected the town with the rest of Prussia and, importantly, with the village of...
Dec 12, 2021, 5:20 PM
David Ben Gurion: There’s a portal to Israel on Poland’s Płonka River
This article is the first in a series of six articles on 'fathers of modern Israel' from the lands of today’s Poland. You can find genuine treasures in Płońsk, less than an hour’s drive north of Warsaw. And that’s true...
Dec 1, 2021, 12:07 PM
Poland’s urban legend about Menachem Begin
Where did Poles get the idea that Israel's Nobel-winning prime minister was once called Mieczysław Biegun – and why does the belief persist?
Feb 19, 2019, 10:17 PM
Time for a Polish-Israeli pivot from Holocaust to Zionism
Focus should shift to a history that spawned luminaries of modern Jewish nationhood that include David Ben-Gurion and Menachem Begin
Philip Earl Steele is an American historian based in Poland, specializing in the history of Christian Zionism.