Judah Leib "Leon" Pinsker
(1821 - 1891)
Doctor and a founder and leader of the Hibbat Zion movement.
Author of Auto-Emancipation. Born in Russian Poland in 1821.
He inherited a strong sense of Jewish identity from his father,
a Hebrew teacher and researcher. Pinsker firmly believed that
the Jewish problem could be resolved if the Jews attained equal
rights, but with the outbreak of anti-Jewish riots against
Russian Jews in 1881, his views changed radically. He made a thorough
study of Jews and Judaism, and in 1882 he anonymously published
a rallying cry to Russian Jews his German language pamphlet Autoemancipation, in which he urged the Jewish people to
strive for independence, national consciousness and a return to
Pinsker died in Russia in 1891 and his remains were brought to
Eretz-Israel in 1934 and reburied in Nicanor's Cave next
to Mount Scopus. The yishuv of Nahalat Yehudah near Rishon
Lezion is named after him, as well as streets in several
towns in Israel.
Sources: The Jewish Agency for Israel and The World Zionist Organization