Bar-Ilan Meir

Meir Bar-Ilan - Personal data
Date of birth: 1880
Place of birth: Wołożyn
Date of death: 1949
Place of death: Jerozolima
Occupation: rabbi, political activist
Related towns: Telšiai, Navahrudak, Brest

Bar-Ilan Meir, born Meir Berlin (1880, Valozhyn – 1949, Jerusalem) – rabbi, political activist, leader of the Zionist movement, son of Rabbi Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin.

He studied in yeshivot in Valozhyn, Telše, Brest-Litovsk, and Navahrudak. He represented the Mizrachi Zionist religious movement at the 7th Zionist Congress (1905). In 1926, he settled in Jerusalem, where he became president of the World Mizrachi Centre. After the establishment of the State of Israel, Bar-Ilan set up a committee for the study of the new state law from the perspective of Jewish law. He also organised the National Religious Front, an alliance of religious parties which ran in the first elections to the Knesset. In the years 1938–1949, Bar-Ilan was the editor-in-chief of Mizrachi’s daily newspaper, Ha-Tsofe, as well as the originator and publisher of the Talmudical Encyclopedia, published since 1947. The university founded by American activists of the Mizrachi movement is named after him[1.1].

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