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"Imagination is more important than knowledge."Albert Einstein
Poster design:Einat Peled


by Dina Muskin Goldberg

At first glance, it’s a little hard to believe that Albert Einstein, the ultimate man of knowledge, once said: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

Yet when thought about carefully, it is clear that knowledge, comprised of facts and data, is finite, while imagination is infinite. Imagination is taking one’s knowledge and going beyond it with experimentation. It is the force that allows one to take chances and risks. With risk comes the possibility of failure. But the greatest success stories come from those who follow their imagination, not just their knowledge.

One only need look at the Holocaust and the early State of Israel to understand what Einstein meant. Among the numerous stories recounted by survivors, one usually hears the following: “When we got to the camps a Nazi officer asked if anyone was a tailor. I was a math teacher, but I still raised by hand and was taken out of the line. That is what saved my life.” And so math teachers used their imaginations and became tailors.

These same survivors used their imaginations when they arrived in Palestine and took up arms to fight in the War of Independence. They had no knowledge of weapons or combat. What they did have was an imagination that dreamed of a free life in a Jewish homeland and that helped created the State of Israel.

The possibility of failure loomed large in front of these survivors. Yet they, like Einstein, understood that imagination was their greatest resource, far greater than knowledge.

Dina Muskin Goldberg is the development associate for the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance in New York. She graduated with degrees in political science and business from Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women. Goldberg was an AIPAC Diamond Intern, and organized a Yeshiva University mission to lobby on Capitol Hill. Goldberg was named one of the Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36” in 2014, and is currently a Tikvah Fellow.

Conversation Guide


1. Do you agree with Albert Einstein that “Imagination is more important than knowledge?” What else could be more important than “knowledge”?

2. Can you think of any other examples from Jewish history where imagination was more important than knowledge?

3. How can one nurture this concept of imagination in daily life without disconnecting from the “real world” and its demands and constraints?



1. What are the different ways the artist conveys the power of imagination in this poster?

2. Why do you think the artist chose stargazing as the central image? What other image might have you used?

3. Is “knowledge” represented in this poster? What feelings does the poster evoke for you about imagination and knowledge? 


Frames of Mind©2015, Einat Peled, Quote: Albert Einstein, Harold Grinspoon Foundation, West Springfield, MA