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Hamagid was the first Hebrew language weekly[1][2][3][4][5][6] newspaper published from 1856 to 1903. It first appeared in Lyck, East Prussia and targeted the Russian Jewish reading public, but was later distributed all over Europe and the Jewish world.

TypeWeekly newspaper
Founded1856 (1856)
Ceased publication1903
HeadquartersLyck, East Prussia
CountryEast Prussia
Free online archivesOnline, searchable Hamagid editions from the Historical Jewish Press
Eliezer Lipman Silberman, founding editor of Hamagid

Hamagid carried global and Jewish news in Hebrew, some in translation and some original reporting. It was the first newspaper to publish opinion pieces in Hebrew.

The founding editor was Eliezer Lipman Silberman. From the 1860s, the paper supported settlement in Land of Israel for a combination of religious and national reasons.[7]David Gordon and his son Dov edited the paper from 1886-1880. After the death of his father, Dov Gordon continued as editor until 1890, and was replaced from 1890-1903 by Jacob Samuel Fuchs.[8]


  1. ^ Ha-Magid
  2. ^ Paul R. Mendes-Flohr; Jehuda Reinharz (1995). The Jew in the Modern World: A Documentary History. Oxford University Press. pp. 240–. ISBN 978-0-19-507453-6. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  3. ^ Jewish Writers in the Arab East: Literature, History, and the Politics of Enlightenment, 1863--1914. ProQuest. 2007. pp. 285–. ISBN 978-0-549-73759-9. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  4. ^ Cowley Lecturer in Post-Biblical Hebrew Fellow in Modern Hebrew Literature Oxford Center for Postgraduate Hebrew Studies Glenda Abramson; Glenda Abramson (1 March 2004). Encyclopedia of Modern Jewish Culture. Routledge. pp. 705–. ISBN 978-1-134-42865-6. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  5. ^ Ronald L. Eisenberg (2006). The Streets of Jerusalem: Who, What, why. Devora Publishing. pp. 155–. ISBN 978-1-932687-54-5. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  6. ^ Alexander Orbach (1980). New Voices of Russian Jewry: A Study of the Russian-Jewish Press of Odessa in the Era of the Great Reforms, 1860-1871. BRILL. pp. 38–. ISBN 90-04-06175-4. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  7. ^ Ha-Magid
  8. ^ National Library of Israel, Ha-Magid

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