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Aharon Zisling

Hebrew: אהרון ציזלינג
Birthdate: (62)
Birthplace: Baranavichy, Minsk Region, Belarus
Death: January 16, 1964 (62)
Ein Harod, Yizrael, North District, Israel
Place of Burial: Ein Harod, Yizrael, North District, Israel
Immediate Family:

Son of Rabbi Zvi Menachem Zisling and Esther Zisling
Husband of Sarah Zisling
Father of Uzi Zisling; Michal Ben Eliyahu; Zvi Zisling; Private User and Private
Brother of Judith Alon; Joseph Zisling; Itzhak Zisling; Meir Sesling and Moshe Zisling

Occupation: Politician, 1st Minister of Agriculture
Managed by: Private User
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About Aharon Zisling

Aharon Zisling

Aharon Zisling (Hebrew: אהרון ציזלינג‎, 26 February 1901 – 16 January 1964) was an Israeli politician and minister and a signatory of Israel's declaration of independence.


Born in Minsk in the Russian Empire (now in Belarus), Zisling emigrated to Palestine in 1914. He was among the founders of Youth Aliyah and as a member of the Haganah command, and participated in the founding of the Palmach; he was a founder of the Ahdut HaAvoda party, a Jewish Agency delegate to the UN and a member of the Zionist Executive Committee.

Following Israel's declaration of independence in 1948, he was appointed Minister of Agriculture in David Ben-Gurion's provisional government. By then Ahdut HaAvoda had evolved into Mapam.

On 17 November 1948 he told the Provisional State Council (the forerunner to the Knesset); "I couldn’t sleep all night. I felt that things that were going on were hurting my soul, the soul of my family and all of us here (...) Now Jews too have behaved like Nazis and my entire being has been shaken."

In 1949 he was elected to the first Knesset, but Mapam were not included in Ben-Gurion's coalition and Zisling lost his place in the cabinet. He was re-elected in 1951, and was part of the faction that broke away from Mapam to recreate Ahdut HaAvoda. He lost his seat in the 1955 elections and did not return to the Knesset.

Education: High School

  • Knesset Terms: Knesset 1 & 2: 14.2.1949 - 15.8.1955.
  • Government role: Provisional Govt., Minister of Agriculture.

Public Activities:

  • Joined Kvutza Tira, 1920
  • Participated in founding convention of Histadrut
  • Member of Central Committee of Construction Workers
  • One of founders of “Havurat He’Emek” and Kibbutz “Ein Harod” (a member until his death)
  • On Board of “Office of Public Works”
  • Secretary of Jerusalem Workers Council, 1925-1926
  • Member of Secretariat of World “Ha’Halutz” and editor of its publication “The Future”, 1926-1928
  • On Board of “Youth Aliya”
  • Helped settle “Youth Aliya” children on Kibbutzim
  • Member of Hagana
  • A founder of Palmach
  • Member of National Command of Hagana
  • Appointed by National Command to mobilize members for British Army
  • Served as an Emissary in Europe, 1946-1947
  • One of founders and directors of “Coffer Ha’Yishuv”
  • Member of “Minhelet Ha’Am”
  • Head of Absorption Department of Jewish Agency
  • Member of “Achdut HaAvoda”
  • When Mapai spilt in 1944 he joined the ‘B’ Faction
  • One of leaders of Mapam
  • When Mapam split he did not join either faction but remained close to “Achdut HaAvoda”
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About אהרון ציזלינג (עברית)

אהרן ציזלינג (ז' באדר, תרס"א, 26 בפברואר 1901 – 16 בינואר 1964) היה חבר הכנסת ושר בממשלת ישראל.


ציזלינג נולד בנרוצ'יובוצי, אחוזה חקלאית בפלך מינסק שברוסיה הלבנה, בתחום המושב של האימפריה הרוסית (כיום בבלארוס). לאחר שעלה לארץ ישראל בשנת 1914, למד בבית הספר "תחכמוני" בתל אביב ובגימנסיה הרצליה.

ציזלינג היה חבר הנהלת הוועד הלאומי, מראשי התנועה לאחדות העבודה, עמה עזב את מפא"י ועבר לאחדות העבודה - פועלי ציון ואחר כך למפ"ם. היה חבר בולט בצוות שניסח את מגילת העצמאות. כיהן כשר החקלאות בממשלה הזמנית. פרש ממפ"ם יחד עם אחדות העבודה - פועלי ציון, והמשיך להיות ח"כ מטעם "אחדות העבודה" עד לסוף הכנסת השנייה, אולם לא המשיך בפעילות במפלגה.

אביו של ציזלינג היה רב, ונמנה עם מקימי בית הכנסת הגדול של תל אביב ברחוב אלנבי. נכדו יפתח חזר בתשובה וכיום מכהן כראש ישיבה ביישוב הדתי רכסים שבמחוז חיפה.

כתביו: * אגרות לרעיה ובנים, עין חרוד: הקיבוץ המאוחד, תשכ"ה. * "בוש ונכלם": תשובה לראש-הממשלה דוד בן-גוריון על קליטת עליה ועל התנדבות, תל אביב: [חמו"ל], 1950. * אמת וסלף: על תקומת המדינה ומלחמת הקוממיות. תשובה לד’ בן-גוריון, תל אביב: למרחב, 1959. * יוסף חיים ברנר בחדרה בימי המלחמה, [ירושלים: חמו"ל, תשל"ו?]. * עין-חרוד וירושלים: דברים, מאמרים, רשימות (ערך: שלמה אבן-שושן), תל אביב: יד טבנקין, תשמ"ח-1988

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Aharon Zisling's Timeline

February 26, 1901
Baranavichy, Minsk Region, Belarus
June 29, 1924
Age 23
Ein Harod, Yizrael, North District, Israel
July 4, 1930
Age 29
Ein Harod, Yizrael, North District, Israel
July 17, 1933
Age 32
Ein Harod, Yizrael, North District, Israel
January 16, 1964
Age 62
Ein Harod, Yizrael, North District, Israel
January 1964
Age 62
Ein Harod, Yizrael, North District, Israel