Moshe-Zvi Neria

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Moshe-Zvi Neria
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Neria (right) with Yeshayahu Bernstein
Date of birth 1913
Place of birth Łódź, Russian Empire
Year of aliyah 1930
Date of death 12 December 1995
Knessets 7
Faction represented in Knesset
1969–1974 National Religious Party

Rabbi Moshe-Zvi Neria (Hebrew: משה צבי נריה‬‎, 1913 – 12 December 1995) was an Israeli educator and politician who served as a member of the Knesset for the National Religious Party between 1969 and 1974.


Born in Łódź in the Russian Empire (today in Poland), Neria was educated at yeshivas in Minsk and Shkloŭ. He made aliyah to Mandatory Palestine in 1930, and studied with Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, receiving certification as a rabbi. He also studied in the Mizrachi teachers seminary in Jerusalem. At one point he resided in the Knesset Yisrael neighborhood.[1]

He helped establish the Bnei Akiva youth movement, and edited its publication Zra'im. In 1940 he established the first Bnei Akiva yeshiva in Kfar Haroeh, serving as its headmaster and teaching Talmud and Jewish thought. He later established several yeshiva high schools and Hesder yeshivas for IDF soldiers. In addition, he founded the Hapoel HaMizrachi Rabbinical Association.[2]

In 1969 he was elected to the Knesset on the National Religious Party list for one term. He left the party in 1983 to establish the Religious Zionist Camp (also known as Mazad).

In 1978 he was awarded the Israel Prize for special contribution to society and the state. He died in 1995. The West Bank settlement Neria is named after him.


  1. ^ Shwartz, Eliyahu Yekutiel (2005). "My Life's Story" (PDF). Eliyahu Yekutiel Shwartz Memorial Committee. pp. 32–33. 
  2. ^ Moshe-Zvi Neriah: Public Activities Knesset website

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