Mordechai Geldman (Hebrew: מרדכי גלדמן‎‎; b. 1946) is an Israeli artist, author, poet and psychologist.


Geldman was born at a displaced persons camp in Munich[1] to Polish parents who had survived the Holocaust.[2] His family immigrated to Israel in 1949[3] and settled in Tel Aviv, where he has lived ever since.[2] He completed a bachelor's in literature and a master's in clinical psychology at Bar Ilan University.

Geldman spent six years in residency as a psychotherapist. He later established a unit for the selection of managers at Pilat management services and served as a clinical psychologist at the IDF center for the evaluation of senior officers. He is currently an independent psychotherapist using psychoanalytical methods.

Geldman's poetry is philosophical, psychological, and existentialistic. It combines literary Hebrew and everyday language, even some slang. He published 16 poetry books and 6 non-fiction books.

As a visual artist Geldman is engaged in plastic arts, ceramics and photography. His photographs were exhibited at such places as the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Geldman was an art critic of the Israeli daily Haaretz, and treasured exhibitions for many Israeli artists.


  • Chomsky Prize for Poetry (1983)
  • Prime Minister's Prize for Hebrew Writers (1996)
  • Brenner Prize for literature (1997)
  • Amichai Prize (2004)[4]
  • Bialik Prize for Literature (2010)



  • Sea Time, Land Time (1970)
  • Bird (1975)
  • Window (1980)
  • Songs 1966-1983 (1983)
  • Milano (1988)
  • Eye (1993)
  • Book of Ask (1997)
  • Time (1997) with art by Moshe Gershuni
  • Mourning Songs (2000) with art by Pesach Slavosky
  • Oh My Dear Wall (2000)
  • The Heart's Poem (2004)[5]
  • Tamir's Poems (2007), under the pseudonym Daniel Kasif
  • Years I Have Walked Beside you A & B (2011), a wide collection from Geldman's poetry books and new poems
  • Becoming One (2013)
  • Night Line (2015)


  • Dark Mirror (1995)
  • Psychoanalytic Criticism (1998)
  • Eating Fire, Drinking Fire (2002)
  • The True Self and the Self of Truth (2006)
  • In the Silver Mirror: Bianca Eshel Gershuny (2007)
  • Sharon Landscapes: Helen Berman (2009)
  • Dad's Bird: Naomi Brickman (2012)


  • Neighbours and Other Perverts (2014)


  1. ^ Moked, Gabriel, ed. (1989). "Mordechai Geldman". The Tel Aviv Review. 2: 355. Mordechai Geldman, born in a DP camp in Munich, was brought to Israel in his early youth. He is a clinical psychologist who also writes art criticism. 
  2. ^ a b Bargad, Warren; Chyet, Stanley (2002). No Sign of Ceasefire: An Anthology of Contemporary Israeli Poetry. Wayne State University Press. pp. 109–110. ISBN 0-9704295-2-5. After the Second World War Geldman's parents moved from Poland to Germany. 
  3. ^ "Mordechai Geldman". Literary Review. 26: 284. 1982. Mordechai Geldman, born in 1946 in Germany, emigrated to Israel in 1949. He lives in Tel Aviv, where he works as a clinical psychologist. 
  4. ^ Keller, Tsipi (2008). Poets On The Edge: An Anthology Of Contemporary Hebrew Poetry. New York: SUNY Press. pp. 185–197. ISBN 978-0-7914-7686-4. 
  5. ^ "Mordechai Geldman". The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature. Retrieved 2010-06-15.