Famous Israeli Spiritual & Religious Leaders

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Isaiah
(Judean Prophet)

Isaiah
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Birthdate: 0000 BC
Birthplace: Kingdom of Judah

Israelite prophet Isaiah is mentioned in the Book of Isaiah of the Bible. Some believe the 8th-century prophet had written all the 66 chapters of the Book of Isaiah, while others believe two separate portions were written by two people. He also finds mention in Judaism and Islam.

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Jeremiah
(Prophet)

Jeremiah
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Birthdate: 0655 BC
Birthplace: Anathoth
Died: 0586 BC

Jeremiah was one of the major prophets, according to the Hebrew Bible. As per Jewish tradition, he authored the Book of Lamentations, the Books of Kings, and the Book of Jeremiah. According to Judaism, Jeremiah is the second of the major prophets and the Book of Jeremiah is often considered a part of the religion's canon.

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Thomas the Apostle
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Galilee, Israel
Died: December 21, 0072

Thomas the Apostle was one of Jesus Christ's Twelve Apostles, according to the New Testament. He is often called Doubting Thomas as he doubted Jesus' resurrection. Widely considered the patron saint of India, Thomas is believed to have traveled to present-day Kerala, where Christianity is a major religion. Hence, he is credited with popularizing the religion in South India.

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Samson
(Judge)

Samson
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Birthdate: 0000 BC
Birthplace: Zorah

Mentioned in the biblical Book of Judges, Samson was an Israelite warrior, known for his long hair, which was the reason behind his superhuman strength. He had killed a lion with his bare hands but was eventually betrayed by his lover, Delilah, who cut his hair while he slept.

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Ezekiel
(Prophet)

Ezekiel
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Birthdate: 0622 BC
Birthplace: Jerusalem
Died: 0570 BC

The Book of Ezekiel, or The Prophecy of Ezechiel, of the Hebrew Bible talks about Ezekiel, the prophet. He is said to have lived near the Chebar River during the Babylonian Captivity. In about 592 BC, Ezekiel received a religious call, having viewed the “throne-chariot” of God in a vision.

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Nicodemus
(Religious Leader)

Nicodemus
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Birthdate: 0000 BC

Nicodemus was a member of the Sanhedrin who finds mention in the Gospel of John. According to the gospel, Nicodemus provides the embalming spices required to prepare the body of Jesus for burial after the Crucifixion of Jesus. He is venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church and in the various Eastern Churches.

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Saint Stephen
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Birthdate: 0005 AD
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel
Died: 0034 AD
Saint Stephen is considered Christianity’s first martyr. The Acts of the Apostles of the New Testament mention him as the deacon of the Church at Jerusalem who created enmity among various synagogues. He was eventually stoned to death after he denounced the Jewish leaders in a speech.
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Abraham
(Religious Leader)

Abraham
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Birthdate: 0000 BC
Birthplace: Ur Kaśdim, Mesopotamia

Abraham is an important historical character, considered one of the fathers of the human race by the Abrahamic religions, including Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. Abrahamic religions believe that Abraham was in contact with God; his story and life events have inspired several important paintings, sculptures, works of literature, and music.

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John The Baptist
(Jewish Prophet & Christian Saint)

John The Baptist
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Herodian Tetrarchy, Roman Empire
Died: 0030 AD

John the Baptist was a 1st century AD Jewish preacher. The Gospels mention John as the forerunner of Jesus, as John announces Jesus's arrival and Jesus describes him as “Elijah who is to come.” It is also believed that John had baptized Jesus. John was eventually beheaded by Herod Antipas.

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Mary, Mother of Jesus
(Mother of Jesus)

Mary, Mother of Jesus
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Birthdate: September 8, 0018
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nazareth

The mother of Jesus Christ and the wife of Joseph, Mary, also known as the Virgin Mary, finds mention in both the New Testament and the Quran. Though most Catholic scholars believe in traditional Marian dogmas, Protestants have often argued, questioning ideas such as the Assumption of Mary.

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Esau
(Isaac's Son)

Esau
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Birthdate: 0000 BC
Birthplace: Canaan

Esau, who finds mention in the Hebrew Bible, was the elder son of Isaac. Apart from The Book of Genesis, he is also mentioned in The New Testament. Esau was rough and hairy, and had become a hunter, whereas his twin Jacob was a simple man.

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Samuel
(Is a figure who, in the narratives of the Hebrew Bible, plays a key role in the transition from the period of the biblical judges)

Samuel
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Birthdate: 1070 BC
Birthplace: Ramathaim-Zophim
Died: 1012 BC

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Meir Kahane
(Politician, Rabbi, Journalist)

Meir Kahane
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Birthdate: August 1, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn
Died: November 5, 1990

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Meir Kahane was an Israeli rabbi, best remembered as the founder of the Kach Party. He moved to Israel after being imprisoned for alleged militant activities. Though he acquired a seat in the Israeli parliament, his party was banned for its racist nature.

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Leah
(Daughter of Laban)

Leah
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

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Daniel
(Prophet)

Daniel
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Jerusalem

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Saint Matthias
(Religious Leader)

Saint Matthias
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Birthdate: 0001 AD
Birthplace: Judea
Died: 0080 AD

Saint Matthias was chosen by the disciples of Jesus Christ (the apostles) to replace Judas Iscariot. Matthias was chosen following Judas' betrayal of Jesus. Matthias' calling as an apostle is unique as he was not originally chosen by Jesus Christ.

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Isaac
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Birthdate: 1896 BC
Birthplace: Canaan
Died: 1716 BC

Isaac, son of Abraham and Sarah, finds mention in the Genesis as one of the three Israelite patriarchs. To test Abraham’s devotion, God had asked him to sacrifice Isaac but had spared his life at the last moment. No historical evidence that could prove his existence has been found yet.

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Jesse
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Birthdate: 0000 BC

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Amos
(Prophet)

Amos
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Birthdate: 0800 BC
Birthplace: Tekoa
Died: 0745 BC

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Jehoshaphat
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Birthdate: 0896 BC
Birthplace: Jerusalem
Died: 0849 BC

Jehoshaphat reigned as the fourth king of Judah from 870 to 849 BCE. Jehoshaphat is credited with instituting several reforms, including religious reforms, in the Kingdom of Judah. He is widely regarded as a successful king whose reign was marked by a great measure of prosperity and peace in the kingdom.

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Mary in Islam
(Religious leader)

Mary in Islam
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Birthdate: 0018 AD
Birthplace: Nazareth, Israel; Judea, Israel; Roman Empire, Ancient Rome
Died: 0033 AD

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Judas Maccabeus
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Modi'in-Maccabim-Re'ut
Died: February 29, 0160

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Gamaliel
(Teacher)

Gamaliel
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Birthdate: 0000 AD, 0000
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gamla
Died: 0052 AD

James, son of Alphaeus
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Birthdate: 0000 BC
Birthplace: Galilee
Died: 0062 AD

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Rabbi Akiva
(Scholar)

Rabbi Akiva
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Birthdate: 0050 AD
Birthplace: Caesarea, Israel
Died: 0135 AD

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Isaac Luria
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Birthdate: 1534 AD
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel
Died: July 25, 1572

Isaac Luria was a rabbi and Jewish mystic in the community of Safed in Ottoman Syria, now Israel. He is considered the father of contemporary Kabbalah, and his teachings are referred to as Lurianic Kabbalah. He wrote only a few poems and was known to deliver his lectures spontaneously. The Ari Ashkenazi Synagogue was built in his memory.  

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Zephaniah
(Prophet)

Zephaniah
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Not known

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Ehud
(Biblical Figure)

Ehud
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Israel

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Abraham Isaac Kook
(rabbi, mystic, Rosh yeshiva)

Abraham Isaac Kook
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Birthdate: September 7, 1865
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Grīva
Died: September 1, 1935

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Cyril of Jerusalem
(Theologian)

Cyril of Jerusalem
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Birthdate: 0313 AD
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel
Died: March 18, 0386

Cyril of Jerusalem was a theologian of the early Church who succeeded Maximus as Bishop of Jerusalem towards the end of 350 AD. He is credited with documenting the instruction of catechumens and the order of the Liturgy in his day.  He was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Leo XIII in 1883. 

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Ovadia Yosef
(Rabbi, Posek, Dayan)

Ovadia Yosef
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Birthdate: September 24, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baghdad
Died: October 7, 2013

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Yitzhak Kaduri
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Birthdate: 1898 AD
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: January 28, 2006

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Pope Theodore I
(Bishop of Rome from 24 November 642)

Pope Theodore I
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel
Died: May 4, 0649

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Rabbi Meir
(Rabbi)

Rabbi Meir
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Israel

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Johanan ben Zakkai
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Birthdate: 0030 AD
Birthplace: Israel
Died: 0090 AD

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Elazar Shach
(Political leader)

Elazar Shach
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Birthdate: January 1, 1899
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vabalninkas, Lithuania
Died: November 2, 2001

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Isaac Halevi Herzog
(Chief Rabbi)

Isaac Halevi Herzog
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Birthdate: December 3, 1888
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lomza, Poland
Died: July 25, 1959

The first Chief Rabbi of Ireland, Isaac Halevi Herzog had later also been the Chief Rabbi of Palestine and, later, of Israel. He is remembered for his efforts in merging the traditional Jewish beliefs with modern living requirements. He also made contributions to resolve the Arab–Jewish conflict of Palestine.

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Elisha ben Abuyah
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Birthdate: 0070 AD
Birthplace: Jerusalem

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Mordechai Eliyahu
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Birthdate: March 3, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel
Died: June 7, 2010

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Aristobulus II
(High priest)

Aristobulus II
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Birthdate: 0100 AD
Birthplace: Israel
Died: 0049 AD

Aristobulus II reigned as the King of Judaea from 66 to 63 BCE. He also served as the Jewish High Priest of Judaea during his reign. Aristobulus II succeeded his mother Salome Alexandra to the throne after defeating his brother John Hyrcanus II. He was the last of the Maccabean kings of Judaea.

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Simeon of Jerusalem
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Birthdate: 0014 AD
Birthplace: Galilee, Israel
Died: 0107 AD

Yosef Shalom Eliashiv
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Birthdate: April 10, 1910
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Šiauliai, Lithuania
Died: July 18, 2012

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Moses ben Jacob Cordovero
(Religious Leader)

Moses ben Jacob Cordovero
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Birthdate: 1522 AD
Birthplace: Safed, Israel
Died: June 27, 1570

Moses ben Jacob Cordovero probably belonged to a family that had migrated from Spain to Israel during the Spanish Inquisition. Also known as Ramak, he grew up to be a Galilean rabbi who penned summarized versions of the Kabbalah, such as Elimah rabati. He also taught Kabbalist Isaac Luria.

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Amnon Yitzhak
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Birthdate: November 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ramla, Israel

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Rabbi Ishmael
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Birthdate: 0090 AD
Birthplace: Israel
Died: 0135 AD

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Gamaliel II
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel
Died: 0114 AD

Ḥayyim ben Joseph Vital
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Birthdate: 1543 AD
Birthplace: Ẕefat, Israel
Died: May 23, 1620

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Menachem Froman
(Religious leader)

Menachem Froman
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Birthdate: June 1, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Galilee, Israel
Died: March 4, 2013

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Eleazar ben Azariah
(Religious Leader)

Eleazar ben Azariah
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Land of Israel

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Moshe Levinger
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Birthdate: 1935 AD
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel
Died: May 16, 2015