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Jewish Hall of Fame: Yitzhak Rabin

Our 4th inductee into the Jewish Hall of Fame is the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, one of the most influential and important figures in Israel's history

By: Zak Edwards
Published: November 27th, 2013 in News » World
Yitzhak Rabin

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Hall of Fame Member: Yitzhak Rabin

Born: March 1, 1922, Jerusalem

Died: November 4, 1995, Tel Aviv

Famous For: Being one of the most influential Israeli Prime Ministers of all time

For our past Jewish Hall of Fame Inductees, we have looked at people who have proudly worn their Jewish heritage while being legendary forces in their respective areas. For this week’s Hall of Fame, however, we have decided to look at an obvious inductee, world-renowned not for his athletic prowess or artistic talents, but for being one of the most important figures in Israel’s history.

Yitzhak Rabin, in many ways, lived a life that mirrored the country he loved: as Israel became stronger, more confident, and a larger presence in the world stage, so did Rabin. Born in Jerusalem, then in the British Mandate of Palestine, in 1922, Rabin married the same year that Israel gained independence, and he dedicated his entire life to making Israel what it is today: a place of technological innovation, progressive politics, and a place Jews around the world can look at with pride and call home. Of course, his tragic assassination cut short a life that will forever be remembered in the pages of history.

As a young man, Rabin had dreams of becoming an irrigation engineer but joined the Palmach to aid Israel’s fight for independence. During his time in the military, Rabin fought alongside such men as Moshe Dayan and Yigal Allon.


(A young Yitzhak Rabin in 1948)

By the age of 26, Rabin was directing operations in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.

Rabin took full command of the IDF in 1964, where he was relatively free to use his extensive military experience in the service, in his words, of “construction and of strengthening the nation’s cultural and moral reserves.”

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