The Rabbi’s Top 10 Zionists

     Having just celebrates Israel’s 66th birthday this week, here is my list of the greatest Zionists. among so many deserving:

 1. Theodore Herzl– Visionary and a genius for political advocacy and organizing

2. Eliezer Ben Yehudah– Reviver of Hebrew as a spoken language

3.  Chaim Weitzmann– Finest Zionist diplomat and first president of Israel

4.  David Ben Gurion– the Israeli George Washington

5. Yigael Yadin– soldier, scholar, archeologist: Masada, Dead Sea Scrolls

6.  Golda MeirProdigious fundraiser and diplomat before Prime Minister

7.  Moshe Dayan– swashbuckling general and epitome of the new Israeli

8. Menachem Begin– Right-wing Prime Minster who made peace with Egypt

9. Abba Eban– Urbane diplomat and voice of Israel to the world

10. Yitzhak Rabin– soldier-turned-Prime Minster who shook Arafat’s hand

About the Author
Barry L. Schwartz is director of The Jewish Publication Society in Philadelphia and rabbi of Congregation Adas Emuno in Leonia, New Jersey. He is the author, most recently, of "Judaism's Great Debates: Timeless Controversies from Abraham to Herzl" (2012).