Omer (Ayin) Hillel

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OMER (Ayin), HILLEL (1926–1990), Hebrew writer and poet. Born and educated in the kibbutz Mishmar *ha-Emek, Hillel fought in the *Palmaḥ during the Israel War of Independence. After the war he studied horticulture in Paris. His first poems were published when he was 18, and his first collection, Ereẓ ha-Ẓohorayim, appeared in 1950. His books of stories and verse for children include Boker Tov (1961) and Dodi Simḥah (1964). In 1968, he was appointed director of the Department of Landscape and Gardening of the Tel Aviv municipality.


M. Shamir, Be-Kulmos Mahir (1960), 148–52; M. Avishai, Bein Olamot (1962), 174–84; S. Burnshaw et al. (eds.), The Modern Hebrew Poem Itself (1965), 174–7.

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