Einstein, in his own words

For the first time, the complete diaries of the scientist during his trip across the US, Europe, Israel and Asia are available.

By GLENN C. ALTSCHULER
July 12, 2018 19:52
4 minute read.
ALBERT EINSTEIN in Japan in 1922

ALBERT EINSTEIN in Japan in 1922. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

 
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Following a reception in Tel Aviv in February 1923, at which then-mayor Meir Dizengoff and members of the City Council named him an honorary citizen, Albert Einstein noted in his diary that the accomplishments of Jews in Palestine in a few short years “excite the highest admiration... What an incredibly lively people our Jews are.”

That same month, while in Jerusalem, Einstein acknowledged that he was “wanted at all costs” to head the Hebrew University and “am being assailed on all fronts in this regard.” Convinced that a Jewish University would serve “as a rallying point” for scholarship and an authoritative center for Jewish thought,” whose influence would “enliven and inspirit the diverse communities of scattered Israel,” Einstein told himself “My heart says yes but my mind says no.”

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