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Ehud Manor : biography

July 13, 1941 - April 12, 2005

Ehud Manor (Hebrew: אהוד מנור; born Ehud Weiner, July 13, 1941; died April 12, 2005) was an Israeli songwriter, translator, and radio and TV personality.

Music and songwriting career

Ehud Manor began working for Israel radio in the 1960s, as a musical editor. He changed his surname to Manor as it was customary at the time for radio announcers to adopt Hebrew names.

During his career, he wrote over 1,250 Hebrew songs, including "Ein Li Eretz Acheret" (I Have No Other Country), "Brit Olam" (World Covenant), "BaShanah HaBa'ah" (Next Year) which became an international standard, "Zo Yalduti HaShniya" (This Is My Second Childhood), and "Achi HaTza'ir Yehuda" (My Younger Brother Yehuda). The latter was written in memory of his brother, who was killed during his military service in 1968. accessed August 4, 2010

He wrote the lyrics to many Israeli Eurovision entries, including the 1978 winner "Abanibi", the 1983 entry "Khay" (Alive), the 1992 song "Ze Rak Sport" (It's Just Sports), the 2004 entry, "Leha'amin" ("To Believe"; which he co-wrote with David D'Or), and the 2005 entry, "Zman".

Literary career

Also a successful translator, Manor translated more than 600 works into Hebrew, including such Broadway hits as Cabaret and Les Misérables. In addition, he translated Barney songs into Hebrew for the Israeli coproduction "HaChaverim Shel Barney".

Awards and recognition

In 1998, Manor was awarded the Israel Prize for Hebrew song. The prize committee noted that "For the past 30 years, he has expressed our mood through the hundreds of songs he has written together with the finest composers. The man who declared that he had no other country is the laureate of the Israel Prize."

Shortly before he died, Manor was chosen to receive an honorary doctorate from Bar-Ilan University in recognition of his prolific activity in the field of Hebrew music.

In 2005, he was voted the 3rd-greatest Israeli of all time, in a poll by the Israeli news website Ynet to determine whom the general public considered the 200 Greatest Israelis.

Biography

Ehud Weiner (later Manor) was born in Binyamina. He had two brothers, Zvi and Yehuda. He was married to actress Ofra Fuchs for 40 years; together, they had three children: Gali, Libby and Yehuda (Yadi), who was named after Manor's late brother.

Living octopus

Living octopus

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