This Day in Jewish History / A Very Practical Belarusian Who Would Change Israel Is Born

Berl Katznelson not only lies behind Zionist institutions from Bank Hapoalim to the Om Oved publishing house: he's also the reason Israel keeps the Shabbat.

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January 25, 1887, is the birthdate of Berl Katznelson, arguably the most influential and most productive Labor Zionist leader in the decades preceding Israeli independence. Passionately idealistic but also...