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Today in Israeli History

Shas Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Is Born

September 23, 1920 Ovadia Yosef, a Sephardi rabbi, politician and community leader, is born in Baghdad. He moves from Iraq to Jerusalem at age 4 with his family. While studying at Porat Yosef Yeshiva, he writes the first of his more than 30 books at age 18, then is ordained as a rabbi at 20. […]

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Shas Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Is Born

September 23, 1920 Ovadia Yosef, a Sephardi rabbi, politician and community leader, is born in Baghdad. He moves from Iraq to Jerusalem at age 4 with his family. While studying at Porat Yosef Yeshiva, he writes the first of his more than 30 books at age 18, then is ordained as a rabbi at 20. […]

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Musician Ariel Zilber Is Born

September 22, 1943 Singer-songwriter Ariel Zilber is born in Tel Aviv to Bracha Zefira, a singer, and Ben Ami Zilber, a violinist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He attends a nonreligious boarding school on Kibbutz Gan Shmuel until age 15, when he is asked to leave because of mischievous behavior. He begins seriously playing the […]

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International Law Scholar Shabtai Rosenne Dies

September 21, 2010 Legal expert and diplomat Shabtai Rosenne, a law professor at Bar-Ilan University, dies of a heart attack at age 92. He is considered one of the most important international lawyers of the second half of the 20th century, a major contributor to the law of treaties and the law of the sea, […]

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Actress Haya Harareet Is Born

September 20, 1931 Actress Haya Harareet, best known as Judah Ben-Hur’s love interest Esther in the 1959 remake of “Ben-Hur,” is born Haya Neuberg in Haifa to Polish immigrants who arrived in Mandatory Palestine when they were teens. She gains the last name Harareet, meaning “mountainous,” while in elementary school. Haya begins her acting career […]

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Filmmaker Avraham Heffner Dies

September 19, 2014 Actor, screenwriter, director and producer Avraham Heffner dies at age 79 in Tel Aviv. He was born in Haifa in 1935 and served in the Nahal army band during his time in the Israel Defense Forces. After studying French literature at the Sorbonne in Paris, he pursued a career in film, building […]

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Swimmer Judith Deutsch Is Born

September 18, 1918 Champion swimmer Judith Deutsch is born in Vienna, Austria. Most Austrian athletic clubs ban her because she is Jewish, so she begins swimming with a Jewish club, Hakoah Vienna. Between 1933 and 1935 she sets every Austrian freestyle record at middle and long distances, and the Austrian Sports Authority names her 1935’s […]

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Lehi Assassinates U.N. Envoy Bernadotte

September 17, 1948 Count Folke Bernadotte, a diplomat sent by the United Nations to mediate between Israel and the Arabs during the War of Independence, is assassinated in Jerusalem by members of Lehi (the Stern Gang). Born in 1895 to a politically prominent Swedish family, Bernadotte prospered in a multifaceted career in international relations. He […]

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Israel Joins UNESCO

September 16, 1949 Israel becomes a member of UNESCO, the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Based in Paris, UNESCO has the purpose of creating peace and security by encouraging international collaboration in education, natural sciences, human and social sciences, culture, and communication/information. Israel joins the agency a year after declaring statehood, but their relationship […]

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Writer Ben-Gavriel Is Born

September 15, 1891 Austrian-Israeli writer Moshe Yaacov Ben-Gavriel is born Eugen Hoeflich in Vienna, Austria. He begins writing at a young age in German, particularly in the expressionist style. He serves as an officer in the Austro-Hungarian army in World War I and is sent to Jerusalem in 1917 to command a regiment. He learns […]

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