Updated: May 5, 2021
Chances are you know who Binyamin Ze'ev Herzl was, but there are many interesting facts about his life that you might find entertaining.
You probably know that Theodor Binyamin Ze’ev Herzl, besides having the most famous beard in Jewish history, was a Jewish Austrian journalist, a lawyer, and a Zionist activist.
The Anti-Semitism and hatred towards Jews at the time, triggered him to find a solution for the “Jewish Problem”, so he published a short essay calling to gather all Jews in their own state, something he never got to see.
Herzl’s poor health didn’t allow him to live and see his dream come alive, and in 1904 he passed away at the age of 44.
In 1949, his bones were brought from Vienna and reburied on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.
But did you know
That in his memoirs, Herzl admits that when he was 26, he fell in love with a 13-year-old girl?
Or that a few years after that, he wrote that he Would prefer that all Jews converted to Christianity, but he didn't do so himself out of respect to his father?
Another interesting anecdote
In Herzl’s will, he demanded that his mother (not his wife!) take control of his children and assets.