German-born Israeli poet, author, and literary prize recipient whose works include Open Closed Open (poems) and Not of This Time, Not of This Place (novel). His literary honors include the Bialik Prize, the Israel Prize, and the Brenner Prize.
He grew up speaking German and Hebrew and moved with his Orthodox Jewish family to Mandate Palestine when he was eleven years old.
His poem, "Memorial Day for the War Dead," was transformed into a musical composition featuring an orchestra, chorus, and solo vocalists.
He was married twice -- to Tamar Horn and Chana Sokolov -- and had two sons and one daughter.
He and poet Abraham Regelson were both recipients of the Bialik Prize for literature.