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Shami, Yitzḥak


SHAMI, YITZḤAK (1888–1949), Hebrew writer. Born in Hebron, he taught in Ekron, Damascus, and Philippopolis (Plovdiv), Bulgaria. In 1919, he returned to Hebron where he served as a teacher and was active in the Jewish community. He moved to Tiberias in 1926, and finally settled in Haifa in 1930.

His first short story, "Ha-Akarah," set in the Sephardi community, was published in Ha-Omer (1907). Subsequently his stories dealing with the Sephardi and Arabic milieu of Palestine appeared in various literary journals in Palestine and abroad (including Ha-Tekufah, Ha-Shilo'ah). His collected stories, with an introduction by Asher Barash, were published posthumously (Sippurei Yitzḥak Shami, 1951). A new edition of Nikmat ha-Avot with an introduction by G. Shaked appeared in 1975. Hebron Stories, a collection in English translation with an introduction by Arnold J. Band, appeared in 2000. For English translations of his works, see Goell, Bibliography, p. 75.


A.H. Elḥanani, Siḥat Soferim (1960), 195–202; B.I. Michali, Le-Yad ha-Ovnayim (1959), 133–45; I.R. Molho, Nekuddot Ḥen me-ha-Olam ha-Sephardi ba-Dorot ha-Aḥaronim (1958), 50–5 7. add. bibliography: Z. Ogen, Y. Shami, in: Bikkoret u-Farshanut, 21 (1986), 35–52; N.R. Bersohn, "Y. Shami's Stories: A Western Approach to a Near Eastern Milieu," in: Modern Hebrew Literature, 4:1 (1978), 3–9; G. Shaked, Ha-Sipporet ha-Ivrit, 2 (1983), 68–82; Y.H. Halevi, "Minhagim ve-Halikhot bi-Yẓirato shel Y. Shami," in: Mehkarei Yerushalayim be-Folklor Yehudi, 15 (2003), 97–116; H. Hever, in: Tarbiz, 71:1 (2003), 151–64.

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