Sivan Rahav-Meir

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Sivan Rahav-Meir
Sivan Rahav (left) aged 14, together with Yitzhak Rabin on the Dan Shilon Live program in honor of the Jewish New Year, September 1995

Sivan Rahav-Meir (Hebrew: סיון רהב מאיר; born July 2, 1981) is an Israeli journalist,[1] primetime news reporter,[1] publicist, and TV and radio anchor.[1]

Biography[edit]

Sivan Rahav was born in Ramat Hasharon to Aryeh and Ronit. When she was six, the family moved to Herzliya and she began writing in the children's magazines "Chupar" and "Pashosh". Identified as a gifted child at age eight, she studied at the School for Gifted Children – Shmuel HaNagid in Herzliya and then in the Ramot program for gifted children at the Rothberg High School. Rahav-Meir was a presenter on Israeli Educational Television, including the children's programs "Banana Boom", co-presented with Michael HaNegbi, "Zoombit", a computer affairs program as well as being the youth reporter for the "Kulanu" and "Rosh #1" magazines. Rahav-Meir appeared many times on television in her childhood. Among others, she interviewed Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres,[1] and took part in the Dan Shilon Live program and in Dudu Topaz's entertainment show.

Her first book was published when she was 17: The Guide for a Young Journalist. She earned her BA in Political Studies and Management from Tel Aviv University when she was 18. During her studies at university, Rahav-Meir became religiously observant, having been influenced by the works of Prof. Yeshayahu Leibowitz, Prof. Nechama Leibowitz, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, and Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook. Prior to her IDF military service, she did a year of community service at the Beit Yisrael pre-military academy.

Rahav-Meir served in the Galei Zahal army radio as the correspondent for welfare and absorption, legal affairs and religious affairs. In 2002, Upon completion of her military service she was appointed religious affairs reporter for Channel 2 and later the legal affairs reporter. She was the anchor of the daily news magazine Shesh Im (Six O'Clock News) on Channel 2, alternating with Oded Ben-Ami.

In 2003, she married Yedidya Meir, a publicist and radio presenter.[1] In 2005, the two co-authored "Yamim Ktumim" (Days of Orange) published by Yediot Aharonot Books, which is a series of interviews with leading figures in the Religious-Zionist community in Israel including: Rabbi Elyakim Levanon, David Landau, the former chief Rabbi of the IDF, Brig.Gen. Rabbi Yisrael Weiss, Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, Motty Zisser and others, who discuss their personal views on various aspects of the Disengagement Plan from the Gaza Strip.

In 2006 she became the co-presenter of "Yom Hadash" (A New Day), Keshet's morning magazine show. Her co-presenters were Gidi Gov and then Danny Kushmaru. In October 2008, Rahav-Meir was the first to reveal that business tycoon Lev Leviev had moved to London.

In October 2009, she was appointed Knesset affairs correspondent, replacing Amit Segal who was temporarily posted to Europe. From 2009, she presents a weekly radio program on Galei Zahal with her husband Yedidya on Fridays at noon.

In March 2011, Rahav-Meir held an exclusive interview with Sara Netanyahu who, for the first time spoke about the criticism leveled against her. Rahav-Meir has also interviewed Moshe Talanski, Rabbi Ovadia Yossef, Anat Kamm, Arkady Gaydamak, Lev Leviev, and Shula Zaken. She was the first to report on Yigal Amir's marriage to Larissa Trimbobler.

Rahav-Meir writes a column on the Torah portion of the week in the weekend supplement of Yediot Aharonot.

She began giving weekly talks on the Torah portion in September 2015. As of 2018, these lectures take place in the Heichal Shlomo synagogue in Jerusalem and are broadcast on Galei Israel radio and on social media. To celebrate the one-year anniversary of these talks, President Reuven Rivlin came to hear her.

In February 2016, she was chosen in a survey conducted by the polling institute Meseker as the most popular Facebook personality in the Religious-Zionist sector, followed by her husband in second place.

In March 2016, Rahav-Meir was awarded the tender to moderate the International Bible Quiz on Israel's Independence Day but relinquished the opportunity when she found out that the previous quizmaster, Avshalom Kor was still interested in moderating the quiz and that he had been informed by a text message that he was being replaced after 28 years at the job. In 2016, she was selected to moderate Israel's 68th Independence Day torchlighting ceremony together with the actor Amos Tamam.

In 2017, Rahav - Meir was chosen by Globes magazine as the most popular female media personality in Israel,[2] and by the Liberal magazine as one of the 50 most influential people in Israel.[3] The Jerusalem Post newspaper cited Rahav-Meir as one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world.

Rahav-Meir lives in Jerusalem with her husband Yedidya and their five children.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Steinberg, Jessica. "From scrolling to scrolls, Sivan Rahav-Meir melds journalism and Torah", The Times of Israel, January 22, 2018.
  2. ^ Kipa website
  3. ^ The Liberal website

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