Place of Publication (varied throughout the years):
Lyck (Prussia), Berlin (Germany),
Krakow (Poland), Vienna (Austria)
Years of Publication: 1856-1903
Editors: Eliezer Lipman Silberman & David Gordon (1856-1880); David Gordon & Dov Gordon (1880-1886);
Dov Gordon (1886-1890); Jacob Samuel Fuchs (1890-1903)
A Hebrew-language weekly published first in Lik (Prussia) and afterward in Berlin, Krakow,
and Vienna from 1856 to 1903. In 1893 it was renamed HaMaggid LeIsrael.
Although its intended audience was the Jewish world in general, the majority of its readers
came from the Russian Empire. Its goal was to report both general news and news specifically
from the Jewish world, but it also included poetry, scientific articles, and opinion columns.
It published work by some of the foremost Jewish writers and intellectuals of the 19th century.
Its first editors, from 1856-1880, were Eliezer Lipman Silberman and David Gordon; David and
Dov Gordon edited it from 1886-1880; after the death of his father, Dov Gordon continued to edit
the paper until 1890; and Jacob Samuel Fuchs served as editor from 1890 to 1903. Beginning in 1893,
Russian censorship prohibited distribution of the newspaper in Russia, which severely damaged its
status and funding and eventually caused the paper to shut down.
At its peak the paper had a circulation of only 1,800 copies, but these copies were in turn passed
around from reader to reader and the exact extent of its readership is unclear. In order to reach
as wide an audience as possible, the newspaper attempted to refrain from involvement in the various
controversies that roused the Jewish community in Russia, and as a result tended to advocate moderate
positions. It objected to proposals for reform in Judaism, but at the same time attacked the most
extreme opponents of reform as well as the helplessness displayed by the rabbis against the various
problems faced by Russia's Jews. The newspaper supported aliyah to Palestine and the Hibbat Zion and
Zionist movements, and published many reports on Jewish settlement in Palestine. In this way it helped
to further relief efforts for Jews in Russia and Palestine, such as the establishment of a society for
victims of famine in Russia and Poland in 1867 and fundraising for settlements in Palestine. It also
published many articles about organizations from which the editors sought support, such as the
Alliance Israélite Universelle.
Copy from microfilm in good condition. Mild problems of smeared ink and superimposed text from
the opposite side of the page are present. These most likely originated in the printing process.