2017-02-15 / Mideast

Bank of Israel releases designs featuring poets

Images of female Hebrew poets are featured on the new designs of the 20- and 100-shekel bills released by The Bank of Israel. The new bills reportedly will go into circulation by the end of the calendar year.

Rachel Bluwstein, known as Rachel the Poetess, is featured on the 20-shekel note, which will be red and include the words from her poem “Kinneret”— Hebrew for the Sea of Galilee. The poem will be seen alongside a picture of the shore of the body of water in northern Israel.

Leah Goldberg, an Israeli poet and writer, is featured on the 100-shekel note, which will be orange and feature an excerpt from her poem “White Days” alongside an image of a deer.

Bluwstein, who died in 1931, is a leading poet in modern Hebrew whose works have been set to music. Goldberg, who died in 1970, was a poet, author, playwright, literary translator and researcher of Hebrew literature who translated “War and Peace” into Hebrew.

The Bank of Israel has been criticized for choosing all Ashkenazi writers for the bills. (JTA)

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