The Info List - Ben-Zion Dinor

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BEN-ZION DINUR (Hebrew : בן ציון דינור‎‎, born BEN-ZION DINABURG; 2 January 1884 – 8 July 1973) was a Zionist activist, educator, historian and Israeli politician.


* 1 Biography * 2 Awards * 3 Published works * 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links


Dinaburg was born in 1884 in Khorol in the Russian Empire
Russian Empire
(now Poltava Oblast , Ukraine). He received his education in a Lithuanian yeshivot. He studied under Shimon Shkop
Shimon Shkop
in the Telz Yeshiva , and became interested in the Haskalah through Rosh Yeshiva Eliezer Gordon 's polemics. In 1898 he moved to the Slabodka yeshiva and in 1900 he traveled to Vilnius
and was certified a Rabbi
. He then went to Lyubavichi to witness the Chabad-Lubavitch branch of Hasidic Judaism . Between 1902 and 1911 he was engaged in Zionist activism and teaching, which at some point resulted in a brief arrest. In 1910 he married Bilhah Feingold, a teacher who had worked with him in a girls' trade school in Poltava . In 1911 he left his wife and son for two years to attend the Berlin University , where he studied under Michael Rostovtzeff and Eugen Täubler . He then spent two more years at the University of Bern
University of Bern
, where he began his dissertation under Rostovzev, on the Jews in the Land of Israel
under the Roman Empire
Roman Empire
. The break of World War I
World War I
forced him to move to the University of Petrograd . However, due to the October Revolution , he did not receive his PhD. He was a lecturer at the University of Odessa
University of Odessa
from 1920 to 1921.

In 1921 he immigrated to Palestine and from 1923 to 1948 served as a teacher and later as head of the Jewish Teachers' Training College, Jerusalem
. In 1936 he was appointed lecturer in modern Jewish history at the Hebrew University and became professor in 1948 and professor emeritus in 1952. As a historian he described Zionism in the diaspora as "a huge river into which flowed all the smaller streams and tributaries of the Jewish struggle down the ages", and tracing its origins to 1700, when history records a first wave of Polish Jews emigrating to Jerusalem. He believed "messianic ferment" played a crucial role in Jewish history, and introduced the idea of mered hagalut ("Revolt of the Diaspora").

He was elected to the first Knesset on the Mapai list and served as Minister of Education and Culture in the third to sixth governments (1951 to 1955), when he was responsible for the 1953 State Education Law, which put an end to the prevailing party "trend" education system. From 1953 to 1959 he was president of Yad Vashem .

He died in 1973.


* Dinur was twice a recipient of the Israel
Prize , which was established at his initiative when he was Minister of Education:

* in 1958 for Jewish studies; and * in 1973 for education.

* He was a recipient of the Yakir Yerushalayim (Worthy Citizen of Jerusalem) award in 1967, the year of the award's inauguration.


* Lovers of Zion (1932–1934) (in Hebrew) * Our Rabbi
Moshe Ben Maimon : His Life, Writings, Activities and Views (1935) (in Hebrew) * Simon Dubnow : for his 75th Birthday (1936) (in Hebrew) * Israel
in its Land: From the First Days of Israel
until the Babylonian Exile : Sources and Documents (1938) (in Hebrew) * Path Makers: Prominent Figures in the Sad History of the Return to Zion and the Renewal of Israel
(1946) (in Hebrew) * The Changing of the Generations: Researches and Studies in the History of Israel
from Early Modern Times (1955) (in Hebrew) * In Memory of Ahad Ha\'am (1957) (in Hebrew) * Values and Methods: Problems of Education (1958) (in Hebrew) * A Vanished World: Memories of a Way of Life” (Biography) (1958) (in Hebrew) * Remember: Issues of the Holocaust and its Lessons (1958) (in Hebrew) *