Rachel Bluwstein, 1890-1931

One of the four “founding mothers” of modern Hebrew poetry, known as Rachel the Poetess or simply Rachel, Bluwstein was born in Russia and moved to Ottoman Palestine in 1909. She wrote most of her poems in her final six years and was regularly published in the newspaper Davar. She studied agronomy, was devoted to nature and was an influential Galilee pioneer at Kibbutz Degania and Kvutzat Kinneret.

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