Yitzhak Rabin
A Born Leader
"It was imbued with a pride of being Jewish.” - Yitzhak Rabin
Rabin with family 1927

Yitzhak Rabin was born in Jerusalem on March 1st, 1922, son to Nehemiah and Rosa Rubitzov. Yitzhak’s mother Rosa was raised by a wealthy Russian family of ten children, on the other hand, his father was brought up by a poor family in the Ukraine. The two were spurred by political activism and consequently met in Jerusalem, while aiding victims of an Arab attack in the Jewish Quarter. They were later wed in 1921.
A year after Yitzhak’s birth, his family moved out of Jerusalem and into Tel Aviv. Besides work, his parents were constantly involved in public activities. His mother was a member of Tel Aviv’s Municipal Council, while his father was involved in the Metal Worker’s Union, which assembled in Yitzhak’s home. His parents believed that “work was value in itself. Public activity …was a duty owed to the community.” Since their deep community involvement left little time for the children, Yitzhak’s parents made sure that every Friday was set aside for family time. In his 1979 autobiography, The Rabin Memoirs, Rabin remembered himself as a “withdrawn, bashful child … [it was] not a religious home, but it was imbued with a pride of being Jewish.”
Yitzhak attended the School for Workers’ Children, recalling that he was “deeply involved in school- though then, as now, I did not show my feelings or share them with others.” As can be seen, Rabin’s legendary stoicism began from a young age. During his schooling, his mother had recurring heart ailments, suffering from heart attacks and, later, cancer. For these reasons, Yitzhak and his sister, who was born in 1925, made sure to never disturb their mother, in constant fear that she might die. His father amassed considerable debt in his efforts to cure his wife. Yitzhak saw his mother on her last day in Tel Aviv’s Hadassah Hospital.


Yitzhak Rabin