SHAḤAR, DAVID (1926–1997), Hebrew writer. Shaḥar was born in Jerusalem, being the fifth generation of a Jerusalemite family. He studied at the Hebrew University and published his first book, a collection of stories Al Ha-Ḥalomot ("Concerning Dreams"), depicting a wide range of Jerusalemite characters, in 1955. This was followed by novels, stories, and books for children (Sodo shel Riki, 1961; rpt. 1988). Shaḥar's major work is Heikhal ha-Kelim ha-Shevurim ("The Palace of Shattered Vessels"), a work he wrote over 30 years, comprising eight volumes. Among these are Kayiẓ bi-Reḥov ha-Neviim (Summer in the Street of the Prophets, 1973), Ha-Masa le-Ur Kasdim (A Voyage to Ur of the Chaldees, 1978), Yom
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