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Biographical/Historical Information

The Talmudic author and philosopher Rabbi Hirsch Kalischer was born in Lissa, Posen in 1795. He was a student of Akiba Eger. Kalischer was a protagonist of the Jewish colonization of Palestine, as written down in his book “Drischath Zion” (“Making of Zion”); he became known as the “First Zionist”. Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Kalischer died in Thorn (Toruń, Poland) in 1874.

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Rabbi Hirsch Kalischer - Thorn, Leo Baeck Institute, F 001 AR 1868.