The Jews are known as the People of the Book = עם הספר = Ahlil-Kitab. Are they worthy to be called also “The People of the Books and Libraries”.
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ספרית הרמב”ם – באתר של איגוד ספרני היהדות – בגליון לה’ ב-7/9/2015
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Dr. Chanan Rapaport, born in 1928, served as an officer in the underground of the Hagana during Israel’s War of Independence. When the war ended, he studied psychology and sociology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and thereafter continued his studies in the United States. Upon earning his degree as a Doctor of Clinical Psychology he completed a post doctorate in psychoanalysis, psychotherapy and research.
Dr. Rapaport returned home to Israel as Chairman and Chief Scientist of the “Henrietta Szold Institute” –the national institute for the research in behavioral sciences. He held that position from 1965 to 1982.
During those years Dr. Rapaport additionally was an advisor on social matters to two Prime Ministers: Golda Meir and Yitzhak Rabin. He served as the psychological advisor to the Minister of Education and Culture and the head of all research at the Ministry of Education and Culture. Since the passing of Dr. Paul Jacoby, the renowned genealogist, he has been faithful to his scientific legacy.
Today he is the director of the Center for the Study of the Rapaport Family and a member of the board of the International Institute for Jewish Genealogy and Paul Jacobi Center of the National Library of Israel.