Mordechai Geldman

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Mordechai Geldman
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Munich, Germany
OccupationPoet, Art critic, Essayist, Photographer, Psychologist

Mordechai Geldman (Hebrew: מרדכי גלדמן‎; b. 1946) is an Israeli poet, artist, and psychologist


Geldman was born at a displaced persons camp in Munich[1] to Polish parents who had survived the Holocaust.[2] His family immigrated to Israel in 1949[3] and settled in Tel Aviv, where he has lived ever since.[2] He studied world literature and clinical psychology at Bar Ilan University. He is currently an independent psychotherapist using psychoanalytical methods.

Geldman has published 18 poetry books, a book of short stories and 6 non-fiction books. A two volume collection from his poetry books was published in 2011. His last poetry book  is the third volume of the collection of his poetry written till 2019 . His poems were translated into many languages: Chinese and Japanese included. His book "Becoming One" was translated to Portuguese ("Teoria Do Um") and published in Portugal on 2017. A large collection of his poems in English was published on 2018  in Suny Press, State University of N.Y.

Geldman's poetry is philosophical, psychological, and existentialistic. It combines literary Hebrew and everyday language, even using some slang. His later poetry tends to be meditative and includes many haiku. He was influenced by Zen Buddhist esthetics and philosophy. His poetry sings with many voices – lyrical, philosophical, sensual, erotic, religious, ironic and others. A sober mind integrates all these aspects of his personality.

His non-fiction books deal with subjects as the self in psychoanalytic theories and in Yoga and Buddhism, psychoanalytic interpretation of literature, doubles and symmetries in Shakespeare's plays, his favorite Israeli poets and artists, etc.

As a visual artist, Geldman is engaged in plastic arts, ceramics and photography. His photographs were exhibited at such places as the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Geldman was an art critic of the Israeli daily Haaretz, and treasured exhibitions for many Israeli artists.


  • Chomsky Prize for Poetry (1983)
  • Prime Minister's Prize for Hebrew Writers (1996)
  • Brenner Prize for literature (1997)
  • Amichai Prize (2004)[4]
  • Bialik Prize for Literature (2010)



  • Sea Time, Land Time (1970)
  • Bird (1975)
  • Window (1980)
  • Songs 1966-1983 (1983)
  • Milano (1988)
  • Eye (1993)
  • Book of Ask (1997)
  • Time (1997) with art by Moshe Gershuni
  • Mourning Songs (2000) with art by Pesach Slabosky
  • Oh My Dear Wall (2000)
  • The Heart's Poem (2004)[5]
  • Tamir's Poems (2007), under the pseudonym Daniel Kasif
  • Years I Walked at Your Side" (2011), in 2 volumes. A wide collection from Geldman's poetry books and new poems.
  • Becoming One (2013)
  • Night Line (2015)
  • Years I Walked at your Side(2019), 3 rd volume. A collection from Geldman's poems written 2013-2019
  • Crescent on a Boat (Haiku collection) (2019)
  • Teoria Do Um (תורת הייחוד") ,(2016"), in 2 volumes. Translated to Portuguese by Joao Paulo Esteves Da Silva. Portugal: Douda Correria
  • Years I Walked at Your Side(2018), a collection from Geldman's poetry. Translated to English by Tsipi Keller. Excelsior Editions, State University New York Press


  • Dark Mirror (1995)
  • Psychoanalytic Criticism (1998)
  • Eating Fire, Drinking Fire (2002)
  • The True Self and the Self of Truth (2006)
  • In the Silver Mirror: Bianca Eshel Gershuny (2007)
  • Mirrors and Doubles: Shakespear as a psychoanalyst (2019)


  • Sharon Landscapes: Helen Berman (2009)
  • Dad's Bird: Naomi Brickman (2012)
  • The Source of Light: Einan Cohen (2015)


  • Neighbours and Other Perverts (2014)

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  1. ^ Moked, Gabriel, ed. (1989). "Mordechai Geldman". The Tel Aviv Review. 2: 355. ISBN 9789653640009. Mordechai Geldman, born in a DP camp in Munich, was brought to Israel in his early youth. He is a clinical psychologist who also writes art criticism.
  2. ^ a b Bargad, Warren; Chyet, Stanley (2002). No Sign of Ceasefire: An Anthology of Contemporary Israeli Poetry. Wayne State University Press. pp. 109–110. ISBN 0-9704295-2-5. After the Second World War Geldman's parents moved from Poland to Germany.
  3. ^ "Mordechai Geldman". Literary Review. 26: 284. 1982. Mordechai Geldman, born in 1946 in Germany, emigrated to Israel in 1949. He lives in Tel Aviv, where he works as a clinical psychologist.
  4. ^ Keller, Tsipi (2008). Poets On The Edge: An Anthology Of Contemporary Hebrew Poetry. New York: SUNY Press. pp. 185–197. ISBN 978-0-7914-7686-4.
  5. ^ "Mordechai Geldman". The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature. Archived from the original on 2011-05-25. Retrieved 2010-06-15.

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