Dahlia Ravikovitch's “The Fruit of the Land”

Resource Kit by
Barnett Kamen, Lesley Yalen

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Considered to be one of the great modern Hebrew poets of the twentieth century, Dahlia Ravikovitch was born in Ramat Gan in 1936 and published her first collection of poetry, The Love of An Orange, in 1959. Long regarded as a feminist writer, she became an outspoken political activist beginning in the early 1980s, in the lead-up to the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. Both in her poems and in other forums, she spoke out against war in general and about the Israel-Palestine conflict in particular, and she was a dedicated supporter of the peace movement and Palestinian rights. In 1987, she was awarded the prestigious Bialik Prize, and in 1998 she was awarded the Israel Prize, generally considered the state’s highest cultural honor.

This kit provides materials that will help teachers teach a wonderfully provocative Ravikovitch poem, “The Fruit of the Land,” focusing in particular on the biblical allusions in the poem as well as on the questions it raises about the ethics of war.

Cover image: Photo of memorial plaque in Tel Aviv taken by Dr. Avishai Teicher.