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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Fox

Top 5 Facts About Yitzhak Rabin

01 He had a dream of שָׁלוֹם in the Middle East.

Meaning - peace Pronounced - shalom

Yitzhak Rabin's top vision for Israel was a peaceful one. He actually won the Nobel Peace Prize along with Shimon Peres and Yasser Arafat in 1994 for their attempt at peace through the Oslo Accords.

02 He was the first יְלִיד הָאָרֶץ prime minister of Israel.

Meaning - native-born Pronounced - y'lid ha'aretz

Rabin is known to be a Tel Aviv native, a true son of the city, but not many remember that he was in fact born in Jerusalem. He was born in Shaarei Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem, before moving with his family to Haifa, and only then did he settle in Tel Aviv.

03 Rabin didn't consider himself a פּוֹלִיטִיקַאי.

Meaning - politician Pronounced - politikai

Yitzhak Rabin was many things: a soldier, a leader, but a politician...less so. He studied agriculture and later had a military career. He was described as shy and not enjoying small talk in the political world. Who knew?

04 He was a מְעַשֵּׁן.

Meaning - smoker Pronounced - m'ashen

Rabin was known for being a heavy smoker. He would smoke several packs of cigarettes a day, but he would admit that he didn’t inhale the smoke to his lungs.

05 He was the only Prime Minister to be killed by הִתְנַקְּשׁוּת.

Meaning - assassination Pronounced - Hitnakkeshut

In 1995, Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated in the then Kings Square by Yigal Amir, now known as Kikar Rabin in his memory.


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