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Kook, Abraham Isaac (1865–1935), rabbi and Zionist, was born on 6 September 1865 in the small town of Greiva in Latvia (then part of tsarist Russia), the son of Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Kook and his wife, Faigah Leah. Born into a strictly Orthodox Jewish family, ...


Chaim Weizmann (1874–1952) by Sir Oswald Birley, exh. Royal Society of Portrait Painters 1935 Estate of the Artist; courtesy of the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel


Weizmann, Chaim (1874–1952), Zionist leader and president of Israel, was born at Motol, near Pinsk, Belorussia, in the Jewish pale of settlement, the third child of Ozer Weizmann (1850?–1911) and his wife, Rachel-Leah Tchemerinsky (1852?–1939). He was one of fifteen children, twelve of whom (seven boys and five girls) survived to adulthood. Although the exact date of his birth is not known, it most probably took place on 27 November 1874. ...