Naftali Herz Imber, 1856-1909

Born in Ukraine, Imber moved to Palestine in 1882. Trained as a watchmaker, he instead became a Hebrew poet. His first poetry collection, which he published in Jerusalem in 1886, included “Tikvateinu” (“Our Hope”), which provided the lyrics for the Zionist and later Israeli national anthem, “Hatikvah.” He also translated writers such as Omar Khayyam into Hebrew.

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