Tuesday, 5 April 2016


KHAYIM HARARI (BLUMBERG) (July 13, 1883-November 13, 1940)
            He was born in Dvinsk (Daugavpils), Latgale, later Latvia.  From age thirteen he was living in Israel.  He studied at the agrarian school in Mikveh Yisrael.  From 1903 he received pedagogical training at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.  In 1906 he returned to Israel, became a teacher in the Herzliya High School in Tel Aviv.  From 1913 he was studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, and from 1919 he was once again back in Israel.  He began writing for Hamelits (The advocate), later writing for Ben-Yehuda’s Haikar hayehudi (The Jewish farmer).  In Yiddish he placed articles and feature pieces in Der fraynd (The friend) in St. Petersburg.  He also contributed to Hazman (The time) in Vilna, Hatsofe (The spectator) in Warsaw, and in the periodical press of Israel.  He edited the periodical Habone haḥafshi (The free mason).  He was the author of a volume in French entitled Littérature et Tradition (Paris, 1919), 424 pp.  His Hebrew volumes Demuyot (Likenesses) and Divre ḥinukh (Words of education) were published after his death.  He died in Tel Aviv.

Source: D. Tidhar, in Entsiklopedyah lealutse hayishuv uvonav (Encyclopedia of the pioneers and builders of the yishuv), vol. 1 (Tel Aviv, 1947), pp. 497-98.

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