Naomi Shemer

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Naomi Shemer was a leading Israeli songwriter hailed as the "first lady of Israeli song and poetry."


Naomi Sapir was born on Kvutzat Kinneret, a kibbutz
A kibbutz is a collective community in Israel that was traditionally based on agriculture. Today, farming has been partly supplanted by other economic branches, including industrial plants and high-tech enterprises. Kibbutzim began as utopian communities, a combination of socialism and Zionism...

 her parents had helped found, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee
Sea of Galilee
The Sea of Galilee, also Kinneret, Lake of Gennesaret, or Lake Tiberias , is the largest freshwater lake in Israel, and it is approximately in circumference, about long, and wide. The lake has a total area of , and a maximum depth of approximately 43 m...

. In the 1950s she served in the Israeli Defense Force's Nahal
Nahal is an Israel Defense Forces infantry brigade. Historically, it refers to a program that combines military service and establishment of new agricultural settlements, often in outlying areas...

 entertainment troupe, and studied music at the Rubin Academy
Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance
The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance , founded in 1958 as the Rubin Academy of Music, is located on the Givat Ram campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.-History:...

 in Jerusalem. She first married actor Gideon Shemer and had a daughter, Lali. They were later divorced; she went on to marry attorney Mordechai Horowitz, with whom she had a son, Ariel
Ariel Horowitz
Ariel Horowitz is an Israeli Singer-Songwriter, and the son of the late Naomi Shemer, widely regarded as one of Israel's most important song writers. He released three albums: Yallah Bye , Renée and Menase Sefer ....



Shemer continued to write and perform until her death. She died of cancer
Cancer , known medically as a malignant neoplasm, is a large group of different diseases, all involving unregulated cell growth. In cancer, cells divide and grow uncontrollably, forming malignant tumors, and invade nearby parts of the body. The cancer may also spread to more distant parts of the...

 in 2004, aged 73.

Songwriting career

Shemer did her own songwriting and composing, set famous poems to music, such as those of the Israeli poet, Rachel
Rachel Bluwstein
Sela was a Hebrew poet who immigrated to Palestine in 1909. She is known by her first name, Rachel, or as Rachel the poetess .-Biography:...

, and adapted well-known songs into Hebrew, such as the Beatles songs "Hey Jude
Hey Jude
"Hey Jude" is a song by the English rock band The Beatles, written by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney. The ballad evolved from "Hey Jules", a song widely accepted as being written to comfort John Lennon's son, Julian, during his parents' divorce—although this explanation is not...


She composed in 1963 Hurshat Ha'Eucalyptus (The Eucalyptus Grove), a song that evokes Kvutzat Kinneret where she was born, and sung in a recent version by Ishtar
Ishtar is the Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of fertility, love, war, and sex. She is the counterpart to the Sumerian Inanna and to the cognate north-west Semitic goddess Astarte.-Characteristics:...



In 1983, Shemer received the Israel Prize
Israel Prize
The Israel Prize is an award handed out by the State of Israel and is largely regarded as the state's highest honor. It is presented annually, on Israeli Independence Day, in a state ceremony in Jerusalem, in the presence of the President, the Prime Minister, the Knesset chairperson, and the...

 for Hebrew song (words and melody).

In 2005, she was voted the 6th-greatest Israeli of all time, in a poll by the Israeli news website Ynet
Ynet is the most popular Israeli news and general content website. It is owned by the same conglomerate that operates Yediot Ahronot, the country's secondleading daily newspaper...

to determine whom the general public considered the 200 Greatest Israelis.


  • All My Songs (Almost), 1967, published by Yedioth Ahronoth
    Yedioth Ahronoth
    Yedioth Ahronoth is a daily newspaper published in Tel Aviv, Israel. Since the 1970s, it has been the most widely circulated paper in Israel. In a TGI survey comparing the last half of 2009 with the same period in 2008, Yedioth Ahronoth retained the title of most widely read newspaper in Israel...

Tomorrow On The Jordan The White Town
A Chariot of Fire Lights Out Black Coffee
My Soldier is Back Fields at Sunset Green Meadows
Four Brothers Soldiers En Route A Song For Gideon
The Long Hike The Builders' Love Yesternight
Look For Me Men At Work! The Two of Us
We Are Starving! In Such a Night A Lament
An Umbrella For Two The Clown Just For You
My Dream House Ophelia Night on the Shore
Anniversary Song The Spy-Girl Answers
My Flute A Serenade A City in Grey
Twelve Months Flowers, Herbs, Etc. Jerusalem of Gold
A Short Walk The Market Song On Silver Wings
My Fathers Song Night on the Park Lullaby for Colors

  • The Second Book, copyright 1975, published by Lulav
    Land of Lahadam Funny Faces For Children
    Land of Lahadam Beautiful People Rosh-Hashana
    Nachal in Sinai Sixteen Shlomit
    Maoz Tsur Mr. Narcissus Aleph-Beit
    The Sacrifice of Isaac The Witches When Adar Comes
    Giora A Special Lullaby Let's Say
    All We Pray For Shem, Cham, & Yefet I Have a Friend
    A Song is Born The Shark On the Move
    Things we Have Paranoid Summer Holiday
    Bethlehem Two Street-Photographers Tall Stories
    Why Did Michael Laugh How to Break a Chamsin
    Yesh Li Chag
    It's Late
    Shalom Kitah Aleph
    To Sing Like a Jordan

  • Number Three (Sefer Gimel), copyright 1982, published by Lulav
    Songs Poems Imported Wine Children Everywhere Columns from Davar
    Davar was a Hebrew-language daily newspaper published in the Mandate Palestine and Israel between 1925 and May 1996.-History:Davar was established by Moshe Beilinson and Berl Katznelson, with Katznelson as its first editor. The first edition was published on 1 June 1925 under the name Davar - Iton...

    Al Kol Eleh Omrim Yeshna Eretz Oifen Veg Stait a Bhoim Children Everywhere Shalom, Ida Nudel
    Good People Hoi Artzi Moladti Si Tous les Oiseaux Grapefruit Pardes-Hanna
    Shirat Ha'Asavim Come & Sing Le Testament Autumn It's Raining
    Cheveley Mashiach Kinneret La Non-Demande en Mariage Our Benjamin Yehuda
    Tapuach Bi'Dvash Begani Il n'y a pas d'Amour Heureux The Piano Vintage Days
    New Babylon Zemer Un Amour de Vingt Ans
    Yif'at Metai Les Souliers
    Tammuz Rachel O Imitoos
    Spring Parade Ki Sa'art Alai Sur le Chemin du Retour
    The Eighth Day The Third Mother Barbara
    Summer Your Lily-White Feet Dedication
    Noa A Lament
    Zamar Noded My Sudden Death
    Landmarks Let's go to the Field
    My Town in the Snow
    Lots of Love
    The party is Over
    Ein Davar
    El Borot Ha'Mayim

  • Book Four (Sefer Arbah), copyright 1995, published by Shva Publishers
    Uncategorized 6 Songs for Yehoram Gaon 11 Personal Belongings for Moshe Beker 5 Songs for Rivka Michaeli
    Rivka Michaeli
    Rivka Michaeli is an Israeli actress, comedienne, television hostess, and entertainer.-Career:By age 14, she was singing on Israel Radio. Michaeli performed her military duties at the Army Radio. In the 1960s, her first show on stage was with Yossi Banai...

    Hebrew Versions 6 Children Songs Lyrics for Mattai Caspi's Music
    Light Kemo Katsav Personal Belongings Street Musicians Musica Chanuka Shulamit
    The Guest You Can't Beat Me Swan Girl Global Patrol Willow Songs Tu Bishvat Simchati
    We Aren't There Yet You're the Best Old Flame Not Bialik Ne Me Quitte Pas Pesach Farewll
    Ir Va'Em Good Morning Flower Never a Dull Moment One Little Kid
    My Mother's Portrait Libavtini Prelude Upside Down
    Noga Black Princess Sister
    The Bread of Love Roof
    After the Harvest Gai
    Summer White Strawberry
    The Flour Jar Time
    Pardes-Chana II September First
    I'm a Guitar
    To Light a Candle
    Your Sons From Afar
    On the Boardwalk
    Shana Tova
    It's All Open
    Cafe Tiferet
    My Young Disaster

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