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I don't have a lot of time to write for Wikipedia, but when I did in 2005, here is what interested me:

I intended my username as a nonsense word. Later I was amused to learn that it's similar to the Hebrew word for "piggy" (haziron, חזירון), not to mention the Turkish word for June (Haziran).

I am a learner of the Hebrew language. My exercise on Wikipedia was to translate the Hebrew pages about various writers of modern Hebrew prose, or Israeli literature. From this exercise I have learned most of what I know about the subject. It was a way for my fellow Hebrew students and me to learn more about it. My translations were mainly word-for-word. I appreciate others' efforts to improve the selection of facts and smooth the language.

If there aren't enough Wikipedia pages in English about authors of modern Hebrew fiction for your appetite, try the Institute for Translation of Hebrew Literature.

Working list of prominent Hebrew language authors[edit]

For a selection of prominent authors, please refer to Israeli literature. If that has evolved into prose more appropriate for an encyclopedia, an old list form will still be in the revision as of 10:32, 3 Jan 2005.

Another old list is at /Featured articles in Hebrew.

The following notes may also be of interest to my imaginary obsessive fan.

Back then, many of the authors mentioned in Israeli literature had main entries in Hebrew. Fewer had entries in English. However, all of the author names (as spelled in English), except Barak (Bar Zohar), were linked in the English-language list of Hebrew language authors. I took the trouble of checking all of the spellings in Hebrew and English to make sure they matched existing pages or referring pages.

For some prominent Israeli authors, even the Hebrew-language Wikipedia had stubs, or only links, or no reference at all. For some of those I used Google to verify the Hebrew spelling of the name.

Next batch[edit]

For reasons of convenience and importance, it seemed most worthwhile to translate articles about the following authors from the Hebrew-language Wikipedia: Shulamith Hareven (he:שולמית הראבן), Shulamit Lapid (he:שולמית לפיד), and Amnon Dankner (he:אמנון דנקנר). Although there was no Hebrew-language article about Orly Castel-Bloom (he:אורלי קסטל בלום), I eventually put together an English-language article.

Beyond those, here are the remaining authors who were mentioned in "Israeli literature" with Hebrew spelling and who had articles in the Hebrew-language Wikipedia.

Having links but not pages in Hebrew[edit]

These were generally in he:Category:Hebrew writers.

Having no links but spelling verified in Hebrew[edit]

I found it helpful to verify spelling by searching guesses in Google or in the Mt. Scopus Library catalog.

Brag list[edit]

Two accomplishments of which I am proudest at the moment of writing these words: 1. Woggly wrote on my talk page that I should "keep up the good work". Woggly is extraordinarily kind. 2. The author of the original Hebrew recommended article that I translated in small part as Bulb to light all Ramat Gan left a message on my talk page that he likes the translation. Then I noticed that it is linked from WP:UNUSUAL. Q.E.D.

Wrote articles: A. B. Yehoshua, Rita Kleinstein, Romanization of Hebrew, String band, Society of Biblical Literature, Hebrew literature

Expanded and de-stubbed: Encyclopaedia Judaica

Wrote section, based on article available online by Gideon Toury: List of translators: Hebrew translators

Translated new (or wholly replaced) articles from the Hebrew Wikipedia: Hanoch Levin, Avraham Shlonsky, Shaul Tchernichovsky, David Grossman, Batya Gur, Irit Linur, Etgar Keret, Yitzhak Salkinsohn, Yehuda Alharizi, Meir Shalev, Ram Oren, Dan Tsalka, Yitzhak Orpaz-Auerbach, S. Yizhar, Herzliya Hebrew High School, Aharon Megged, Amalia Kahana-Carmon, Hanoch Bartov, Moshe Shamir, Benjamin Tammuz, Nurit Zarchi, Haim Be`er, Sami Michael, Shulamith Hareven, Amnon Shamosh

Imported article from the Jewish Encyclopedia: Louis Lewandowski

Imported article from Israel Abrahams book Chapters on Hebrew Literature: Ethical will

Substantially lengthened articles by translating from Hebrew Wikipedia or using the Internet Movie Database and Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs articles: Israeli literature, Shmuel Yosef Agnon, Amos Oz, Haim Gouri, Yosef Haim Brenner

Welcome message[edit]

[[WP:WELCOME|Welcome]] to [[Wikipedia]]. I hope you'll stay. Wikipedia is about:
* writing an encyclopedia.
* [[WP:BOLD|feeling free]] to improve articles.
* being [[Wikipedia:Wikiquette|civil]].
* [[WP:NPOV|letting go of our bias]].
I recommend:
* the [[Wikipedia:Community Portal|Community Portal]], to help orient yourself to various editing efforts in progress.
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Finding needed articles[edit]

I looked for ways to identify needed articles in other Wikipedia editions (mainly Hebrew). Among other things, I found en:Wikipedia:Version_1.0_Editorial_Team/Core_topics and simple:Wikipedia:List of articles all languages should have. Then I made a partial comparison of those two:

When the time came to turn my English Wikipedia username into a pan-Wikimedia username, I missed the chance to unify with my other accounts that are shown below. Oh well.

Now with 1% more stuff![edit]