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As an example as to why Rabbi Akiva is used as the symbol of Bnei Akiva we have History Beginnings in Israel Bnei Akiva was established in Israel in 1929, as the youth movement of the Religious Zionist Mizrachi organisation, by Yechiel Eliash. The official founding date was set for Lag B’Omer 5689 (28th May 1929), a date associated with Rabbi ...


The only book I know on the subject (and which we used to use in the classroom) is http://www.amazon.com/Akiba-story-Rabbi-his-times/dp/B0007I4HMW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1438693257&sr=8-1&keywords=Akiva%2C+The+Story+of+Rabbi+Akiva+and+his+Times though we also used http://www.amazon.com/As-Driven-Leaf-Milton-Steinberg/dp/0874419506 which deals ...

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