Giving Currency to a Typically Israeli Lyrical Atmosphere

Critics protested the absence of Mizrahi Jews on Israel's new banknotes, but little has been said about the design of the bills themselves. The winner of the Bank of Israel's design competition, Osnat Eshel, describes her approach to the challenge of putting poets on money.

The Bank of Israel’s decision to redesign the country's banknotes caused quite an uproar in the past few weeks. The images of poets, all of them Ashkenazi Jews, were chosen to grace the new currency, provoking justified protest against the disregard for the contribution of Mizrahi and Sephardi Jews to Israeli culture.