Amichai (1924-2000), regarded as one of the most influential Israelis to write poetry in colloquial Hebrew, is born in Germany, immigrating to Mandate Palestine in 1935. Amichai’s poetry deals with daily life in Palestine and Israel. His poetic themes range from imagery of walking through the Old City of Jerusalem with groceries to grappling with the divide between secular and religious Jewish identity in Israel. Internationally acclaimed, he is the recipient of numerous literary and national prizes.