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Yehonatan Geffen

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Nationality  Israeli
Role  Author
Spouse(s)  Nurit
Siblings  Nurit Geffen

Relatives  nephew of Moshe Dayan
Name  Yehonatan Geffen
Music group  Havoorat Lool
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Born  February 22, 1947 (age 68) (1947-02-22)
Occupation  Author, poet, songwriter, journalist, and playwright
Children  Aviv Geffen, Shira Geffen, Natasha Geffen
Similar People  Aviv Geffen, David Broza, Shira Geffen, Yehudit Ravitz, Shalom Hanoch

Grandchildren  Lev Keret, Dylan Geffen

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Yehonatan Geffen (Heb: יהונתן גפן; born on February 22, 1947) also known as Yonatan Gefen, is an Israeli author, poet, songwriter, journalist, and playwright.



Geffen was born in moshav Nahalal. He is the father of Aviv Geffen, Shira Geffenת and Natasha Geffen, as well as nephew of Moshe Dayan. He has two grandsons.

In 1965, he served as a paratrooper under Matan Vilnaì, and became an officer.

In 1967, his mother overdosed on her medication and died. Geffen considers it to have been suicide.

After his discharge from the IDF in 1969 and moving to Tel Aviv, he took up poetry.

In 1972, while Geffen was studying in London, his sister Nurit committed suicide, causing him to return to Tel Aviv.

During this period he began writing a column for the weekend supplement of Ma'ariv, and he joined the entertainment troupe "Lul" with Uri Zohar, Arik Einstein, and Shalom Hanoch. The latter introduced Geffen to his future wife, Nurit Makober.

Geffen was often criticized for his strong left-wing leanings, which bordered on provocation, and even received death threats. He was one of a group of journalists (including Uri Dan, Yeshayahu Ben Porat, Eitan Haber, Hezi Carmel, Eli Landau, and Eli Tavor) who in 1973 published the book The Failure, the first book to document the Yom Kippur War. It criticized the performance of the government and military and also contained first-hand descriptions of battles, casualties, injuries, and the losses and failures of military hardware. The book aroused considerable public interest.

Much of Geffen's success came from his works for children, like the song "HaYalda Hachi Yafa BaGan" ["The Prettiest Girl in Kindergarten"] and the book "HaKeves HaShisha Asar" [The 16th Sheep], but he has also written many popular songs, poems, plays, and stories for adults. He frequently collaborated with David Broza, rendering Spanish songs into Hebrew.


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