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Israel is a source of inspiration for the country's writers and poets. A developing nation built on an ancient heritage, it exists in the midst of complex social relationships. Changes have occurred swiftly and sharply, as witnessed by the pioneering period, the struggle for independence, state building, wars and mass immigrations from many parts of the world. Every new era, every social change has brought new challenges, creating a dynamic of constant restlessness.

Each of these alone and all combined provide material for creative writing. Prose and poetry draw motifs, images and a wealth of expression from the Bible, other Jewish sources (such as Mishna, Talmud and Kabbalah) and the creative traditions of the Jewish people in the Diaspora, as well as from the language and cadences of daily speech.

Source: Israeli Foreign Ministry