Shulamit Lapid

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Shulamit Lapid
Native name
שולמית לפיד
Born(1934-11-09)9 November 1934
Tel Aviv
Alma materHebrew University of Jerusalem
Genrenovels, plays

Shulamit Lapid (Hebrew: שולמית לפיד‬, born 9 November 1934) is an Israeli novelist and playwright.


Shulamit Lapid was born in Tel Aviv during the Mandate era. Lapid's father, David Giladi (born in Transylvania), was a well-known journalist, novelist, and translator, as well as one of the founders of the Israeli newspaper Maariv. In Lapid's book Veulai Lo Hayu she documents the story of her father's immigration to Israel, his integration into Israeli society, and her own childhood in Tel Aviv during the 1930s and 1940s. Lapid is the widow of Yosef Lapid, a journalist and public figure. They had three children: Michal (who was killed in a car accident in 1984), Merav, and Yair - a well-known Israeli politician, novelist, journalist and television personality.

Lapid lived in the Journalist’s Residence – an apartment in Tel Aviv's Yad Eliyahu neighborhood, where several notable journalists, including Shabtai Don Yehiya, Yigal Lev, Levi Yitzhak Hayerushalmi, also lived.

She holds a degree in Middle Eastern studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She once served as the CEO of the Hebrew Writers Association in Israel, and has published novels, children's books, plays, and short stories. In 2012, it was made public that she worked undercover for the Mossad and took part in covert activity.

Literary career[edit]

Plays written by Lapid: Hirosha, Abandoned Property, Mifal Hayav, and A Surrogate's Womb.

Lapid's most well-known book Valley of Strength tells the story of the first immigrants to the modern land of Israel and the founders of the Rosh Pina Moshava. Its sequel Havat Haalmot stars the protagonists of Valley of Strength and others during the second Aliyah, who were part of Havat Haamlot to educate women to farming near the Sea of Galilee Farm. Keheres Hanishbar, another book by Lapid, tells the story of an antiquities seller named Moses Wilhelm Shapira. Lapid wrote several children's books and the words for the song Rosa Marzipan, which was composed by Shlomo Gronich. Lapid's spy-themed literature is especially popular in Israel. She is the creator of the character Lizzy Bdihi, who is featured in six of Lapid’s thriller novels. Bdihi is a journalist at a Beersheba Local Newspaper called Hazman Darom (literally "The Southern Times"), and in each book she stubbornly insists on dealing with a detective mystery no one asked her to solve. The first book in the series, Mekomon (published 1989), is a prominent Hebrew detective novel that helped the genre flourish in Israel. The main character of the series, Bdihi, solves several cases while tottering in her oversized shoes and wearing oversized earrings, as Lapid liked to describe her.

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 1996 Lapid won a Newman Prize. In 2013 she won a Steimatzky Prize for her book Abandoned Furniture.[1]


Children's books[edit]

  • Schpitz (Masda 1971)
  • Oded Hameluhlah (Keter 1988)
  • Hasmiha Zehaba (Keter 1988)


  • 1982 - Gai Oni (Valley of Strength) - Keter
  • 1984 - Ke-heres Ha-nishbar (As a Broken Vessel) - Keter
  • 1998 - Etsel Babu (Chez Babou) - Keter
  • 2000 - Pilegesh ba-Midbar (Concubine on the Hill) - Keter
  • 2002 - Hibuk Dov (Bear Hug) - Bavel
  • 2006 - Havat Ha-almot (Hebrew: The Maidens' Farm; English: Nunia) - Keter
  • 2011 - Veulai Lo Hayu (Maybe They Were Not) - Keter
  • 2012 - Ta'ut Enosh (Human Error) - Keter


  • Shalvat Shutim (Masda 1974)
  • Mazal Dagim (Eked 1969)
  • Kadahat (Yahdav 1979)
  • Halomot Shel Aherim (Keter 2014)

Lizzy Bdihi series[edit]

  • Mekomon (Keter 1989)
  • Pityon (Keter 1991)
  • Hatakhshit (Keter 1992)
  • Hol Ba-einayim (Keter 1997)
  • Pilgesh Bagiv'a (Keter 2000)
  • Sof Onat Halimonim (Keter 2007)[2]

Plays presented in Israel[edit]

  • Abandoned Property directed by Aharon Almog, costumes by Eli Sinai, music by Misha Balhrovic, staged at the Cameri Theater in March 1987, at Habima Theater in 2006, directed by Itzik Weingarten, and conducted currently at Nozar Theater.
  • A Surrogate's Womb directed by Ilan Ronen, scenery and costume work by Rut Dar, music by Dan Hendelsmann, staged at the Cameri Theater in April 1990.
  • Mifal Hayav directed by Ori Pester, scenery and costume work by Dudu Mazah, music by Ori Vidislavsky, staged at the Cameri Theater in March 1992.
  • Haflagot directed by Amit Gazit, scenery and costume work by Tal Yitzhaki, music by Eldad Lidor, staged at the Cameri Theater in January 1997.


  1. ^ "לפיד שולמית | לקסיקון הסופרים העברים בהווה של אגודת הסופרים העברים". Retrieved 2016-06-14.
  2. ^ "שולמית לפיד". 2011-09-22. Retrieved 2016-06-14.

External links[edit]

  • Shulamit Lapid bio and works on the Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature website