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Rabbi Dr. Zerach Warhaftig (Hebrew: זרח ורהפטיג, Yiddish: זרח ווארהאפטיק, also known as Zorach Warhaftig, Zā´rach Varhatfig or Zérach Varhaftig) (2 February 1906 - 26 September 2002) was an Israeli lawyer and politician and a signator of Israel's Declaration of Independence. The Basic Laws of Israel are a key component of Israels uncodified constitution. The State of Israel has no formal constitution. ... The Jerusalem Law is a common name of Basic Law: Jerusalem, Capital of Israel passed by the Israeli Knesset on July 30, 1980 (17th Av, 5740). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... President of the State of Israel (Hebrew: ‎, Nesí Hamdiná, literally: The President of the State) is the Head of State of Israel, but has a largely ceremonial, figurehead role with real power lying in the hands of the Prime Minister of Israel. ... 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Background

Warhaftig was born in Vaŭkavysk, Belarus in 1906. He immigrated to Israel in 1947 and immediately got involved in politics. Initially he joined the Mizrakhi Workers party, a religious-zionist party, and was elected to the first Knesset as part of the United Religious Front, an alliance between Mizrakhi , Mizrakhi Workers, Agudat Israel and Agudat Israel Workers. In 1948 he had also started lecturing in Jewish Law at the Hebrew University, a role he maintained until 1963. VaÅ­kavysk (Belarusian: , Polish: ) is a town in the Hrodna Province of Belarus. ... The Mizrakhi Workers party (Hebrew: הפועל המזרחי, Hapoel HaMizrakhi) was a political party in Israel and is one of the ancestors of the modern-day National Religious Party. ... Kippot Sruggot: Modern Orthodox Jewish students carry the flag of Israel at a public parade in Manhattan, NY, USA Religious Zionism, or the Religious Zionist Movement, also called Mizrachi, is an ideology combining Zionism and Judaism, which offers Zionism based on the principles of Jewish religion and heritage. ... The Elections for the Constituent Assembly were held in newly-independent Israel on 25 January, 1949. ... The United Religious Front (Hebrew: חזית דתית מאוחדת, Hazit Datit Meukhedet) was a political party in Israel. ... Mizrakhi (Hebrew: המזרחי, HaMizrakhi) was a political party in Israel and is one of the ancestors of the modern-day National Religious Party. ... Categories: Organization stubs | Israel-related stubs | Israeli political parties | Orthodox Judaism ... Agudat Israel Workers (Hebrew: פועלי אגודת ישראל, Poalei Agudat Yisrael) was a political party in Israel. ... The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (האוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים) is one of Israels biggest and most important institutes of higher learning and research. ...


The party fought the 1951 elections alone. Although it only won two seats, it was included in David Ben Gurion's coalition, and Warhaftig was appointed Deputy Minister of Religions in the fourth government. In 1956 Mizrakhi Workers and Mizrakhi merged to form the National Religious Party. Warhaftig led the party and retained his ministerial role until the end of the third Knesset. The Elections for the second Knesset were held on 30 July, 1951. ... ... Mafdal party logo The National Religious Party (Hebrew: Mafdal, מפדל) is an Israeli political party representing the religious Zionist movement. ...


After the 1961 elections (the fifth Knesset) he was appointed Minister of Religions, a role he held until 1974. In 1981 he left the Knesset.


Warhaftig also helped found Bar Ilan University. Bar-Ilan University (BIU, אוניברסיטת בר-אילן) is a university in Ramat Gan, a suburb of Tel Aviv, Israel. ...


Literary works

  • “A Constitution for Israel” an article in Yavne Compilation: Political Problems in Israel pgs 17-21, (Hebrew, April 1949)
  • “On Rabbinical Judgments in Israel” (collected speeches) (Hebrew, 1956)
  • “Legal Issues in the Talmud” (from lectures) (Hebrew, 1957)
  • Editor with Shlomo Zeven: “Remembrance: a Torah Collection in Memory of Rabbi Yizhak HaLevi Herzog” (Hebrew, 1962)
  • “Chattel in Jewish Law” (Hebrew, 1964)
  • “Problems of State and Religion” (articles and speeches) (Hebrew, 1973)
  • Edited: “Religion and State in Legislation: A Collection of Laws and Rulings” (Hebrew, 1973)
  • “The Declaration of Independence and Orders for the Order of Government and the Judiciary (1948 and Problems of Religion and State” in The Book of Shragai (Hebrew, 1982)
  • “Refugee and Remnant during the Holocaust” (Hebrew, 1984)
  • “Researches in Jewish Law” (Hebrew, 1985)
  • “A Constitution for Israel – Religion and State” (Hebrew, 1988)
  • "ヒトラーの魔手を逃れて: 日本に来たユダヤ難民 - 約束の地への長いたび", 原書房 (Japanese translation)

See also

The following are the members of Israels 1st Knesset Assembly by party. ... Michael Dennis Rohan is an Australian citizen who gained worldwide infamy on August 21, 1969, when he attempted to set fire to the Al-Aqsa mosque, located atop the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. ...

External links

  • Zerach Warhaftig at the official Knesset website (in English)
  • (in Russian)
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