“In Israel, in order to be a realist, you must believe in miracles" Presentation copy of the Tanakh; Signed by Prime Minster of Israel David Ben-Gurion

  • The Tanakh.
  • The Tanakh.
  • The Tanakh.

The Tanakh.

Item Number: 90797

Jersalem: The Magnes Press, Hebrew University, 1953.

Presentation copy of the Tanakh presented by Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion to Joel Weiss, a participant in the Jerusalem Conference 1953. Signed by David Ben-Gurion on the dedication page, which reads, “To Mr. Joel Weiss West-Chester, Pa., In appreciation of your participation in the Jerusalem Conference 1953. With the Compliments of the Prime Minister. Jerusalem, October 25-29, 1953.” Octavo, original leatherette. In near fine condition.

David Ben-Gurion was the primary founder of the State of Israel and the first Prime Minister of Israel. Ben-Gurion's passion for Zionism, which began early in life, led him to become a major Zionist leader and Executive Head of the World Zionist Organization in 1946. As head of the Jewish Agency from 1935, and later president of the Jewish Agency Executive, he was the de facto leader of the Jewish community in Palestine, and largely led its struggle for an independent Jewish state in Mandatory Palestine. On 14 May 1948, he formally proclaimed the establishment of the State of Israel, and was the first to sign the Israeli Declaration of Independence, which he had helped to write. Ben-Gurion led Israel during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, and united the various Jewish militias into the Israel Defense Forces. Subsequently, he became known as "Israel's founding father."