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Netiva Ben-Yehuda

Netiva Ben-Yehuda (1928-2011) was born in Tel Aviv. She was a member of the elite Palmach unit and fought in the 1948 War of Independence. After leaving the army in 1949, she studied at the Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem and continued her studies in London. On returning to Jerusalem she studied Hebrew philosophy at the Hebrew University. Ben-Yehuda, a freelance editor, published a series of books of personal testimonies of Israel's history. Her work concentrate on two subjects -- her experiences before, during and after the War of Independence, and dictionaries aimed at enriching the Hebrew language. Ben-Yehuda's dictionary of Hebrew slang, written with novelist Dahn Ben-Amotz, is useful as well as a tour-de-force of humor.

Books Published in Hebrew
The World Dictionary of Hebrew Slang: vol. 1 [with Dahn Ben-Amotz], A. Levin-Epstein, 1972; Zmora-Bitan, 1982 [Milon Olami Le-Ivrit Meduberet]
1948 - Between Calendars (novel), Keter, 1981 [1948 - Bein Ha-Sfirot: Roman Al Hatchalat Ha-Milchama]
The World Dictionary of Hebrew Slang: vol. 2 [with Dahn Ben-Amotz], Zmora-Bitan, 1982 [Milon Achul-Nanyuki Le-Ivrit Meduberet]
Blessings and Curses (humor), Keter, 1984 [Brachot U-Klalot: Osef Prati]
Through the Binding Ropes (novel), Domino, 1985 [Mi-Ba'ad La-Avotot: Roman Al Shlosha Chodashim Be-1948]
Jerusalem from the Inside (humor), Edanim, 1988 [Yerushalayim Mi-Bifnocho: Lichyot Bi-Yerushalayim Ve-Lamut Ba - Mitzchok]
Autobiography in Poem and Song (folk songs), Keter, 1990 [Otobiyografya Be-Shir Va-Zemer]
When the State of Israel Broke Out (novel), Keter, 1991 [Kshe-Partza Ha-Medina: Dokyuroman Al Ma She-Haya Iti Be-Meshech "Ha-Hafuga" Ha-Rishona]
Netiva's Notebooks: Netiva Ben-Yehuda and Her Battle with the Language Police [selected and edited by Ruvik Rosenthal] (non-fiction), Keter, 2013 [Machberot Netiva: Netiva Ben-Yehuda U-Milchamta Be-Mishteret Ha-Ivrit]

Netiva Ben-Yehuda

Books Published in Hebrew

Books in Translation

Congratulations to Zeruya Shalev and Shifra Horn for receiving the 2017 Adei Wizo Prize.

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award! The books on the longlist are selected by 400 libraries worldwide. Titles are nominated on the basis of ‘high literary merit’ as determined by the nominating library.
The second edition of the Letters of Israel festival will take place in Paris from September 8 to 18, 2017
After the success of its first edition, the Lettres d'Israël festival is gaining momentum, with an enriched program: meetings, conversations, readings , Theater, major authors and discoveries. Zeruya Shalev, Orly Castel-bloom, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, Iris Argaman, and many more will participate. Click here for the full program:
Call for application: Artists in Residence Programme in Austria. Please note the deadline: September 18th, 2017.
In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery makes available 50 residencies to visual artists / art photographers / composers / video and media artists / writers / literary translators and arts and cultural educators in Vienna and Salzburg for the year 2018. For more details:
Yizhak Mayer: "Meet the Author" Event
Ambassador Yizhak Mayer, author of the moving book “Silent Letter” will hold a “meet the author” event in Netanya. For further info about the event: And for more details about the title click here:
ITHL director on Grossman's win
"Grossman winning is not only his own achievement, but the achievement of the Hebrew literature as a whole", - Nilli Cohen on the first Hebrew author to receive Man Booker International Prize. Click here for the full article in Hebrew.
Chana Bloch dies at 77
Chana Bloch, a revered poet and translator from Hebrew and Yiddish, has sadly passed away earlier this month. Among her many remarkable achievements is the wonderful translation of a collection of poems by Dahlia Ravikovitch​ (W. W. Norton & Company). Chana will be greatly missed.
Yitzchak Mayer's personal website goes live
English edition of Yitzchak Mayer's amazing "Silent Letter" is about to come out with Mosaic Press. Learn more about the author's incredible life story on his brand new website.
Dayan on feminism and writing
Following the release of "Transitions" in English, Yael Dayan talks to Lilith Magazine about her past aspirations and present pursuits. Click here to read the full interview.
Gundar-Goshen's Op-Ed for Time
To mark the US publication of "Waking Lions" Ayelet Gundar-Goshen talks about the refugee crisis, internal walls and people behind them in the op-ed for Time. Click here to read the article.
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