Marvelous and outstanding people in Jewish history have helped shaping the Jewish nation and State of Israel as it is today. These Jewish leaders and Zionists continue to inspire and leave their mark on our lives today, inspiring Israeli Judaica artists and feature contemporary Judaica and pop art Jewish gifts.
From biblical times, Jewish leaders have stood out in the crowd of iconic figures that change the world and made an impact on world history. Things haven’t changed in the modern era and Jewish leaders have become icons of inspiration and courage not only in Jewish and Israeli history, but around the world. Theodor Herzl, David Ben-Gurion, Menachem Begin, Moshe Dayan and even the controversial Golda Meir, are known by all thanks to their passion and faith in the State of Israel and history.
Named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Important People of the Century, David Ben-Gurion was a symbol of Zionism and played an instrumental role in the founding of the State of Israel, becoming in 1948 her first prime minister and the defense minister of Israel. Coming from a very Zionist home, his father ran a Hebrew school, when Ben-Gurion was 18 years old, he began teaching in a Jewish school in Warsaw, soon pairing socialism with his Zionism and joined Poalei Zion (Workers of Zion), a socialist/Zionist group.
Another Zionist leader, Herzl was the first to realize that the hardships and of the Jewish nation and anti-Semitism are to be discussed and resolved in an international platform. The result of his determination was the Basle Program, the program of the Zionist movement, which declared, “Zionism seeks to establish a home for the Jewish people in Palestine secured under public law.” He was elected as the first president of the World Zionist organization. The motto of the Zionist movement became Herzl’s phrase “If you will, it is no fairytale,” referring to dream of a state for Jews, that wasn’t a dream and came true 50 years after his death.
In 1948, Meir was sent by Ben-Gurion on a secret mission, disguised as an Arab, to plead with King Abdullah I not to enter in a war against Israel. He declined and the conflict expanded. She served Israel as the minister of labor and foreign minister in the 50’s. While she was criticized for her decisions and loss in Yom Kippur war, Golda Meir always had Israel’s best interests in mind and was the first and only woman prime minister of Israel.
Losing his family in concentration camps, Menachem Begin arrived to Israel, then Palestine, in 1942, and joined the militant Irgun Zvai leumi. When Begin was Prime minister of Israel, he was the co recipient, with Egyptian Pres. Anwar el-S?d?t, of the 1978 Nobel Prize for Peace for their achievement of a peace treaty between Israel and Egypt that was formally signed in 1979.
One of the courageous leaders Israel has ever known, Moshe Dayan was born in the first Kibbutz in Israel and grew up to lead Israel to dramatic victories over its Arab neighbors. His eye patch is a relic and symbol to leading Palestinian Jewish forces against the Vichy French in Syria, where he lost his left eye in action.
We all remember these special individuals, whose dream was to create a home for the Jewish people and feature of peace, a place where we could grow, a world where our children could grow without fear and danger. Just as our children learn about history, hardships and victories, the same the stories of these great leaders is to be shared and passed on, and what better way to do so, then with made-in-Israel Judaica. Talented artists in Israel are inspired daily by Jewish history and craft wonderful and unique Jewish products for home.
Modern Judaica Gifts and Jewish Leaders
Ofek Wertman is a Tel-Aviv based artist and designer, that creates pop art Jewish gifts, practical and fun coffee mugs, bookmarks, business card holders, trivets and coasters, featuring these top 5 influential Jewish leaders:
Ceramic coffee mug to start your day inspired and motivated to face any challenge and get energized for the day ahead. We are not sure how David Ben-Gurion started his day, but make him part of your morning routine!
Colorful pop art coasters to entertain friends and family with the A-team- will definitely inspire them in their lives
“If you will, it is no fairytale”, the famous quote of Herzl will always pop up in your thoughts as you work hard to get your business started, create contacts and strive to succeed. It might take time, but nothing is impossible!
These creative, innovative and captivating Judaica pieces make for wonderful housewarming gifts, birthday gifts for your Tatti, gifts for a new business and for any holiday. They will impress and inspire any receiver to continue the legacy of these great minds and pass it to the next generation.
If you are looking for more inspiring Jewish pieces, learn how Jewish jewelry: biblical jewelry, Hebrew name necklaces and Jewish charms can inspire in our Jewish Jewelry blog section.
Monopoly Jerusalem board game is another great example for modern Jewish gifts for the entire family, a gift that will inspire and connect the young and older generation to Jerusalem, Jewish history and Israel in a fun and engaging way. Read more in our article on Why play Monopoly Jerusalem board game.