Bialik, Hayim Nahman
|born on||18 January 1873|
|Place||Zhitomir, Ukraine, 50n16, 28e40|
|Timezone||LMT m28e40 (is local mean time)|
Jewish poet who wrote primarily in Hebrew but also in Yiddish. Bialik was one of the pioneers of modern Hebrew poetry and came to be recognized as Israel's national poet.
He started to learn at the Volozhin Yeshiva in Lithuania, where he hoped he could continue his Jewish schooling while expanding his education to European literature as well. Attracted to the Jewish Enlightenment movement, Bialik gradually drifted away from yeshiva life. Poems such as HaMatmid ("The Talmud student") written in 1898, reflect his great ambivalence toward that way of life: on the one hand admiration for the dedication and devotion of the yeshiva students to their studies, on the other hand a disdain for the narrowness of their world.
In 1924, Bialik relocated his publishing house Dvir to Tel Aviv, devoting himself to cultural activities and public affairs. Bialik was immediately recognized as a celebrated literary figure. He delivered the address that marked the opening (in 1925) of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and was a member of its board of governors. In 1927 he became head of the Hebrew Writers Union, a position he retained for the remainder of his life. In 1933 his 60th birthday was celebrated with festivities nationwide.
Bialik died in Vienna, Austria, on July 4, 1934, following a prostate operation.
His birth date was discovered in Zhitomir's Hallcity only in 2003. Birth time unknown. Starkman rectified it to 21.19.16 LMT.
- Vocation : Writers : Poet
- Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Imagination
- Notable : Famous : Historic figure (Israel's national poet)