Israel's First Hebrew-language Newspaper, Reborn in Digital Form

150 years after Ha-Levanon was founded - and nearly 130 years after publication ceased - the revolutionary newspaper has been scanned and digitized for the Historical Jewish Press.

The debut edition of Ha-Levanon, the first Hebrew-language newspaper in pre-state Palestine, was published on February 20, 1863.  On the first of its four pages, the  newspaper's manifesto was laid out: "To bring messages of peace from Jerusalem, voice news from across the entire Holy Land, inform you of mysteries from Syria, Yemen and the countries of India and new interpretations of Torah from...