With his iconic black beard, stately tuxedo, imposing physique and stern visage, there was no mistaking him for anyone else, and I was delighted when he motioned me to come over and join him for a coffee and sachertorte.
Theodor Herzl had a Christmas tree in his home in Vienna, making one local rabbi very uncomfortable.
Like Herzl, Peres injected a boundless creative energy into the Zionist project from his early days to his last, David Hazony writes.
Just think of Theodor Herzl and what do you see? A long, lush, black beard, fit for a modern day Moses. And here’s the thing: I touched it.
In WWI, Jews fought for Britain — but Britain didn’t fight for Jews. Instead, it viewed them not only as outsiders but as symbols of gloom and disease.
The idea that the Dreyfus trial inspired Theodor Herzl to write ‘The Jewish State’ is ‘simply not true,’ Shlomo Avineri declared in a pointed lecture that opened this year’s Jewish Book Week in London.
President Barack Obama will embrace Jewish history while skirting the morass of West Bank settlements when he visits Israel this week - a selective itinerary laden with diplomatic signals.
“It Is No Dream” is a biographical documentary about the life of Theodor Herzl. The good news is it isn’t a nightmare, either.
The German Jewish graphic artist Hermann Struck (1876-1944), who emigrated to the Holy Land in 1922, was famed for the multiple portraits which he created of Theodor Herzl. But he was more than just a pioneering artist before Israel’s statehood was declared. A small, well-chosen exhibit, Hermann Struck in Galilee, was on view at the Frankfurt Jewish Museum until mid-February, showing the artist’s attachment to Middle Eastern landscapes.
Three central Jewish thinkers, Heinrich Heine, Theodor Herzl, and I. L. Peretz were all profoundly inspired by the medieval legend of Tannhäuser, a knight and poet who worshipped the goddess Venus. Herzl and Peretz were also fans of the 1845 opera based on this legend, by the notoriously anti-Semitic Richard Wagner. This paradox is explored in a study out in October from Purdue University Press, “A Knight at the Opera” by Leah Garrett — whose great grandfather, Baruch Charney Vladeck, was the manager of the Forverts in the 1930s as well as a founder of the Jewish Labor Committee.