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Yochi Brandes

Yochi Brandes was born in 1959 in Haifa to a family of Hassidic rabbis. She holds a BA in biblical studies and an MA in Judaic studies. Brandes taught bible and Judaism for many years, as well as creating courses on Jewish thought for various schools. She regularly participated in TV programs on Jewish studies, had her own column in the daily Maariv, and was the editor of a book series on Judaism. Today she lectures widely on bible and literature. Her writing is inspired by all Jewish sources: the Bible, the writings of the sages of Israel, Jewish law and prayers, the Kabbala, and Hassidic lore. Brandes has published novels as well as essays on biblical women—all of them best-sellers in Israel. She has been awarded the Book Publishers Association’s Platinum Book Prizes for seven of her books, including Kings III (2008), and the Steimatsky Prize for Akiva's Orchard (2013).
Yochi Brandes

Books Published in Hebrew

Dancing at Several Weddings [with Ruchama Weiss-Goldman] (non-fiction), Chidush, 1996 [Lirkod Al Kama Chatunot]
Getting Out for Good (novel), Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah, 1997 [Gmar Tov]
Hagar (novel), Yedioth Ahronoth, 1998 [Hagar]
Quench Love (novel), Yedioth Ahronoth, 2001 [Lechabot Et Ha-Ahava]
White Seeds (novel), Yedioth Ahronoth, 2003 [Garʹinim Levanim]
Confession (novel), Yedioth Ahronoth, 2005 [Viduy]
Kings III [The Secret Book of Kings] (novel), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2008 [Melachim Gimel]
Seven Mothers (essays), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2010 [Sheva Imahot]
Akivaʹs Orchard (novel), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2012 [Ha-Pardes Shel Akiva]
The Unknown Judaism (non-fiction), Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2014 [Ha-Yahadut She-Lo Hikarnu]
Because You Chose Us [Habima, 2011]

Books in Translation

Kings III [The Secret Book of Kings]
Czech: Prague, Garamond, 2012
English: New York, St. Martin's Press, 2016


Akiva's Orchard

English: Jerusalem, Gefen Publishing House, 2017