Eli Bar-Yalom

Eli Bar-Yalom

Israeli poet, bard and rabbi, one of the leaders of the Magen center in Haifa.
Date of Birth: 19.09.1968
Country: Israel

  1. Biography of Eli Bar-Yaalom
  2. Poetry and Translations
  3. Music Career
  4. Translations and Teaching

Biography of Eli Bar-Yaalom

Eli Bar-Yaalom is an Israeli poet, bard, and rabbi, and one of the leaders of the "Magen" center in Haifa. He was born into a family of Leningrad Zionists, with his father being Chaim-Zeev Mogilever and his mother being Julia Mogilever. Bar-Yaalom immigrated to Israel at the age of six and was raised in a bilingual home. He graduated with honors from the Technion and taught mathematics there. Since 1995, he has been teaching mathematics and mathematical thinking at the Braude College of Technology in Karmiel. He specializes in the development of mathematical and creative thinking in children and adults and also works at the State Center for the Education of Gifted Youth under the Israeli Ministry of Education.

Poetry and Translations

Bar-Yaalom's poetry in Hebrew has been published since 1990 in literary journals such as "Moznaim" and "Beit aSofer," as well as newspapers like "Maariv." In 1993, he was one of the founders of the poetic movement "Ev" and its eponymous journal, which published his translations of works by William Blake and Daniil Kharms. The successor to "Ev," the journal "Ho!," is still published today. His Russian poems first gained attention from Alexander Kushner at the International Festival of Poets in 1993. He received high praise for his poetry from Yuly Kim, who provided him with great support, as well as from Yevgeny Vitkovsky.

His poems have been published in anthologies and periodicals such as "A Sharik Flies..." (edited by M. Lakman and S. Kaplan), "Lonely Island" (edited by A. Egorov), "The End of an Era" (edited by L. Lobarev), "Jerusalem Journal" (edited by I. Byalsky), "Literary Gazette" (edited by Y. Polyakov), and "Cats and Mice" (Moscow, 2005). In 2006, his poetry book "Horizontal Moon" was published with a preface by Yuly Kim.

Music Career

Eli Bar-Yaalom has been a regular participant in Israeli singer-songwriter festivals since 1995. In 1996, he was awarded the all-Israel "Dugovka" gathering in the category of "Best Author." He is also a laureate of the "Carmel-1997" competition. In 2001, his song "Dangerous Profession" was chosen as the "Song of the Year" at the all-Israeli festival "Bardyuga" in Be'er Sheva. Bar-Yaalom's songs have been played on Israeli and Russian radio stations, including "Echo of Moscow." In 2003, his album "Let's Invent a Formula?" was released. Trial copies of his new album "Dangerous Profession" (2007) were sold at his concerts in Moscow and St. Petersburg in December 2006. Thanks to the internet, Bar-Yaalom's home recordings (performing under the pseudonym "Khatul") gained popularity among fans of bardic songs, particularly among role-playing game enthusiasts and Tolkienists.

In 2004, a Hebrew song album titled "Mahteret Sheli" ("My Underground") was released. Mikhail Atlas also writes songs based on Eli Bar-Yaalom's lyrics.

Translations and Teaching

Eli Bar-Yaalom translates from Hebrew, English, and Japanese into Russian and Hebrew, and from Russian, English, and Japanese into Hebrew. His translations into Russian were included in the anthology "The Age of Translation" edited by Yevgeny Vitkovsky (Moscow: Vodoley Publishers, 2005). His translations into Hebrew have been published in literary journals such as "Ev," "Mabua," and "Shvo." His translations of classics of the singer-songwriter genre were included in the album "Kol Od A-Aretz Tanua" ("While the Earth is Still Spinning").

Since 1997, Eli Bar-Yaalom has been serving as a rabbi in the "Magen" community in Haifa and teaches Judaism and Torah. He has regularly appeared on television, providing commentary and insights.