The centennial of Balfour Declaration and Lord Balfour in Eretz Yisrael

By DAVID GEFFEN
October 26, 2017 18:38

The Balfour Declaration is actually a letter from Sir Arthur Balfour to Lord Rothschild with a notable sentence that inspired the aliya of many Jews around the world.




The Balfour Declaration

The Balfour Declaration. (photo credit:WIKIPEDIA)

As a student in Hebrew school in the late 1940s, I learned from a very fine teacher, Irvin Citron, that there was a document labeled the Balfour Declaration that gave the Jews the right to build a “modern” homeland in Eretz Yisrael.

Citron was such a committed Zionist that in 1949 he left Atlanta secretly and somehow entered Israel without a visa. He served in the Israeli army, Zahal, as he had served in US Army in World War II. When we, his students, learned what he had accomplished, inspired by the Balfour Declaration, some of us thought about aliya as adults. I was fortunate that I took my impressions of his words seriously.

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