Esther Raab, 1894-1981

Considered one of the four mothers of modern Hebrew poetry, Raab was the only one born in the Land of Israel. She was the child of one of Petah Tikvah’s founding couples. Her poems celebrated nature and the Land of Israel. Her first and most influential published collection, 1930’s “Kimshonim” (“Thistles”), featured 32 poems, most of them short, unrhymed and untitled. She also was a memoirist.

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