Tabib Mordechai
Born: 1911
Residence in the Village:
Occupation: poet, author
Departed to:
Died: 1979
Tabib (Ben Avraham) Tabib
Tabib (Cohen Araki) Shamaa
Kantarovitz Yehoshua
Kantarovitz Miriam
    Tabib Mordechai   Tabib (Kantarovitch) Hanna    
Children:   Hain (Tabib) Leah    Tabib Gal

Mordsehai Tabib was born in Rishon Le Zion. At the age of 5 he entered the "Malama" (the Yemenite Heder) where he studied till the age of 13.
When he showed an inclination for general education he was accepted at the Haviv elementary school with the encouragement and help of the headmaster A. Karon. He studied there for only several months but as a result he felt a great urge for education and a strong desire for reading books and writing poems. On this account he came into deep conflict with his father, HaRav Tabib Tabib who had intended him to become a Rav. Later these facts were given expression in his books.
A short while later he was forced to bring his studies to a halt and go out to work. He engaged in various jobs in agriculture, building, guard duty and dock work. As a leader in the "HaNoar HaOved" youth movement he set up a branch of the movement for girls in his area, "Shivat Zion". Later he became the organizer of the movement branch in the Kerem HaTemanim in Tel the Mapam,(a political party) and on the Akum board (composers? association) but he did not feel fulfilled in the community work he was involved in and when he realized that he was intended for other things he engaged in writing and literary work.
During the War of Independence in 1948, he joined the IDF as a cultural officer in charge of the 8th battalion under Itzhak Sadeh.
There he edited the battalion magazine "Shiryon and Peshita" in which he published several of his own works. In the early 50's he edited "Shaluhot", the organ for political publicity of the Mapai party in which he published several of his own works in both poetry and prose. His work ?Yossi's Violin? was published here for the first time under the title "The Violin and the Country".
At the beginning of 1953 "Mevuoth", a monthly magazine for literature, arts, criticism and society was inaugurated. and Mordehai Tabib was chosen to edit the periodical and he contributed to it in the editing, the editorials and with his own worksin poetry and prose.
In the 60's he initiated the idea of founding a magazine dealing with literature, arts and philosopjy in both the hebrew and arabic languages. The purpose was to create a common storehouse for works by both entities in the hope that it would help to bring about co-operation and mutual respect between Jews and Arabs. The magazine was named "Mifgash" (Meeting Place) and Tabib was both the publisher and the editor. Only four editions were published.
In 1971, on the recommendation of Prof. D. Sharpstein who was supportive of Tabib's work, he was awarded the "Keren Metz" prize from New York, a monthly payment that supported him while writing.
Several prizes were awarded to Mordehai Tabib for his works. The Rupin prize for "Essev Hasadeh" (The Grass of the field). The Ussiskin prize for "Dereh Afar", the Aharonovitch prize for "KeArar Bearava".The language he uses in his writing is unique and influenced both by the layers of development of the hebrew language as from Bible times onwards and by the style and spirit of Yemenite Jews.