The Private Life of a Zionist Poet and Pioneer Goes Online

In honor of the 82nd anniversary of Rachel the Poet's death, the Israel State Archives publishes a few dozen of the letters she wrote to her friend, confessing suffering and longing.

In one of the many letters Rachel Bluwstein, better known as Rachel the Poet, wrote to her childhood friend Shulamit, she admits to the disappointment of a writer who does not receive letters. “A special excitement grips a person when he opens his mailbox, with its tiny matching key, and takes out [a letter] ... But I haven’t taken anything out because who will write to me? Who cares about an old pepper...