CONF: Yehuda Amichai's Oeuvre, Jerusalem, December 27-28, 2022

Giddon Ticotsky Discussion

‘Now and In Other Days’ – Yehuda Amichai's Oeuvre

Conference supported by the Fund for the Advancement of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Israel

Tuesday-Wednesday, 27-28 December 2022, Mishkenot Sha’ananim, Jerusalem


See Hebrew Program at:


Tuesday, 27 December 2022

9:30-10:00 Reception and Registration

10:00-11:30 | A Revolutionary with a Father, a Revolutionary with a Mother | Chair: Tamar Wolf-Monzon


Dan Miron | Contending Sources of Inspiration in the Poetics of Yehuda Amichai's Early Poetry


11:30-12:00 | Coffee Break


12:00-13:30 | Between Terrestrial and Celestial Jerusalem | Chair: Vered Shemtov

Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi | “Mah adameh lakh ha-bat Yerushalayim, mah ashveh lakh

va-anaḥamekh”: Yehuda Amichai Consoles the Residents of Jerusalem

Nitza Ben-Dov | “Kol ha-‘ir hefker ve-khol ha-‘ir prutsah. Prutsah la-ruḥot vela-oyvim vela-        me’ahavim”: Jerusalem and the Wasteland in the Novel Not of This Time, Not of This


Galili Shaḥar | The Prayers Remain: On the Liturgical Remnants in Yehuda Amichai’s Poetry


13:30-15:00 | Luncheon (by invitation only)


15:00-17:00 | Life and Literature | Chair: Na’ama Rokem

Ariel Hirschfeld – “Little Ruth”: Childhood, Death and Commemoration in the Language of

            Amichai’s Poem

Tamar Hess | Memory and the Autobiographical Mode in Amichai’s Poetry

Vered Shemtov | The Lyrical Space: Re-reading Tiyul yehudy and Tiyul israeli

Ido Bassok | What Benefit and what Harm Does a Literary Author’s Biography Create?


17:00-17:30 | Coffee Break


17:30-19:30 | Authors Read Amichai | Chair: Giddon Ticotsky

Agi Mishol | What Does Amichai Think about King David? A Reading of the Poem

            “King David Lives and Exists; You Are That Man” in Open Closed Open

Ronny Someck | The Courage to Write “I Love You”: On Yehuda Amichai’s Love Poems

Bacol Serlui | Yehuda Amichai: The Heretic as a Believer, The Heretic as a Teacher

Amichai Chasson | “I Opened an Iron Door that Read ‘Emergency’”



 Wednesday, 28 December 2022

9:30-11:30 | Amichai’s Poetry: Contexts | Chair: Efrat Gal-Ed

Nili Gold | Expanding the Definition of the Term ‘Corpus’ for the Reading of a Single Poem

Giddon Ticotsky | Demystifying Poetry

Tamar Sovran | Amichai Between Words and Sounds: from Vilensky and Argov to Keren

 Peles and Alon Eder


11:30-12:00 | Coffee Break


12:00-13:30 | “Not like a Cypress”: Amichai’s Figurative Language | Chair: Tamar Sovran

Tamar Wolf-Monzon | “Ki-frusot le-yom ‘avodah”: On the Figurative and Rhetorical

 Characteristics of the Images in Amichai’s Early Poetry

Vered Tohar | Fractures and Fragments: The Typology of Stones in Yehuda Amichai’s

            Poetry and Its Significance

Menakhem Perry | Nearby, a Little to the Left and Downwards: Metonymic Amichai Against Metaphorical Amichai


13:30-15:00 | Luncheon (by invitation only)


15:00-16:30 Amichai in Translation | Chair: Rafi Weichert

Efrat Gal-Ed | “El ever ha-kotzeret ha-zara”: Yehuda Amichai Translates Else Lasker-Schüler

Keren Alkalay-Gut | America’s Romance with Amichai

Na’ama Rokem | “Tsipor” and “Tsipor sheniyah”: Amichai Translates Zach


16:30-17:00 | Coffee Break


17:00-18:30 | Language and Form in Amichai’s Works | Chair: Vered Tohar

Rafi Weichert | Two by Two: Thoughts on Couplets in the Poetry of Amichai and His Peers  

Dorit Lemberger | The Twelfth Commandment: Speech-genres in Amichai's Poetry

Neta Dan | “The Visit of the Queen of Sheba”: Bible, Drawing, and Language


18:30-19:00 | Reception


19:30-21:00 | Celebratory Closing Session: The Yehuda Amichai Prize for Hebrew Poetry for 2022 Ceremony


Conference organizers: Ido Bassock, Tamar Hess, Tamar Wolf-Monzon, Giddon Ticotsky

Conference Coordinator: Yehosheva Samet Shinberg