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Israelis You Should Know: Ehud Manor

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Name: Ehud Manor

Life: July 13, 1941 - April 12, 2005 

Known for: Manor is known as Israel's most prolific songwriter.

About him: Ehud Manor was born in 1941 in Binyamina in what is now northern Israel. He graduated from Cambridge University, and he began working for Israel radio in the 1960s as a musical editor. He also began writing songs.

Manor composed more than 1,200 songs, including "Next Year," a song of joy that he wrote following Israel’s victory in the Six-Day War, and "I Have No Other Country” about his pride for Israel even during tragic times such as the Lebanon War.

He also translated more than 600 works into Hebrew, including the musical "Les Miserables" and Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet."

In 1998, Manor won the Israel Prize for song. The prize committee praised him, saying, "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."

Manor passed away at age 64 in 2005. He was eulogized as “a composer of dreams, a poet of hope," and several months after his death, he was listed as the 3rd greatest Israeli of all time, according to the Israeli news organization Yediot Ahronoth.

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