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Historical Figures

Historical Figures

The vast expanse of human history has been shaped by countless key figures who have stood out over the generations. Behind the sequence of events that have charted the path of history are groundbreaking individuals, women and men, who have had a profound impact. The results of their actions and decisions have been evident for centuries. These figures have left their mark on society, science, technology, religion, education, culture, art, politics and the military.

The crucial contribution of many esteemed and visionary figures is also woven into the history of the Jewish people in the modern era. In recent centuries, the actions and personalities of these historic figures helped to promote the Zionist idea and the development of the State of Israel. Among the formative figures of Zionism and the State of Israel are leaders, intellectuals, rabbis, statesmen, educators, military commanders and artists. These include Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, Henrietta Szold, David Ben-Gurion, Moshe Dayan, Golda Meir and Yitzhak Navon among many others.