Born in 1933 in Jerusalem, seventh generation in Israel, to an Orthodox family, he received a Jewish Orthodox education as a child.
He later went on to study Jewish philosophy, Kabalah and English Literature at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He worked as a seaman, builder, and eventually mainly as Journalist and Literary Editor. His first play ‘Tura’, was staged at the Cameri Theatre in Tel-Aviv in 1963. Since then eleven plays of his have been produced by the major theatres in Israel, mainly by Habima - Tel Aviv's main stage. He won the President Shazar prize for drama for his play “Difficult People”. And this year he was awarded the most prestigeous Prize of Israel for his entire dramatic body of work.
His plays ‘Difficult People’, ‘The Citrus Grove’ and ‘Elka's Gold’ Have been running successfully since 1992 at the Sovremennik Theatre in Moscow, the Akimon Theatre in St. Petersburg, and in other major theatres in Kiev, Riga, Samara and other cities of the former USSR. These three plays have also been produced in New-Delhi, some of which were filmed for Television. 'Difficult People' was produced with great success in Warsaw, Prague, Pilsen, Brazil and in the United Kingdom - Glasgow, Edinburgh and London.
Set in an English port city, a devoted Jewish brother returns from a holiday to Israel and brings back with him a complete stranger for his sister to marry (and a slipped disc). Dealing with the complexities of relationships as this peculiar 'blind date' goes wrong, 'Difficult People' exposes the fragility of truth and lies and the strength of our own past.
'Cooper' is about a daughter who is summoned home by her mother for her father’s funeral, and is understandably shocked to find that her father is still alive. Surrounded by the junk her father has collected all his life, a desperate tug-of-war ensues as she struggles to clear some space for the family’s long overdue reckoning. This is a dark and ferocious tale about grasping and letting go.
Set in a small village-town in Israel, a Russian ballet teacher, past her prime but still full of dreams, comes across a hole in a fence leading to an old and beautiful citrus grove. Drawn in by its vast beauty, she climbs through the hole. But the moment she enters, she brings the excitement of love and fear upon the grove's owner which results in the destruction of jealousy, even of his own grove. This is a tale of fanaticism and its existence not only in ideology but also in love and beauty.
'Boochie' is about a son, thrown out of his house by his father for falling in love with someone else's wife, has returned home after 12 years of absence to visit his now dying father. Set against the backdrop of old, religious Jerusalem, this play raises questions about faith versus the pleasures of the western world, true love versus destiny, and our reasons behind our actions versus the result of them.
Elka, a strong mother who once saved her two sons from the Holocaust in Europe, can not help herself from sheltering them now, even though they are grown adults. She tries especially to protect them from love, but when love shows up as a single mother named Malia and the two brothers both fall in love with her, there is nothing she can do to stop the destruction that ensues. The two brothers turn against each other and both against their own mother, Elka's 'promised gold' turns out to be a lie, and she turns out to be not so strong after all. But out of destruction, new opportunities are born, and such is the case for Elka.
A young married couple in their mid-thirties move from old, religious Jerusalem to Tel-Aviv, a big new city with a big open sea. The husband grasps the new opportunities of his new life with full force, business, parties, women. While his wife remains faithful to the old-world values of her youth and home life. Despite her desires, she can not return to Jerusalem because she also remains faithful to her husband, even when he is leaving her for another woman. Surrounding the main plot are sub-plots involving her sister who manages to escape from an old rabbi who almost became her husband, a crippled ex-partisan and his wife who live nearby and take 'walks' to the sea, and more peripheral stories that are woven together to from one set.