Rabbi Meir Bar Ilan, the namesake of the University, is born in 1880 in Lithuania. An orthodox rabbi, and leader of the religious Zionism movement, in 1905, Bar Ilan joins Mizrahi, a Zionist movement that maintains that the Torah is the center of Jewish nationalism. Representing them at the 7th Zionist Congress, he famously votes against Uganda as an alternative location for a Jewish national territory. He is most famous for his slogan, “The land of Israel for the people of Israel according to the Torah of Israel.”
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