A Rare Interview With 'The Greatest Israeli Singer of All Time'

At 80, Esther Ofarim still doesn’t like to give interviews, is embarrassed when dubbed ‘the greatest singer’ (though she agrees it’s true), and prefers to stay at her home in Germany. Ahead of three special performances in Israel, she relents and speaks with Haaretz

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Ofarim signs autographs in 1966.
Ofarim signs autographs backstage in Germany, in 1966.Credit: Slartibartfass
Nitzan Pincu
Nitzan Pincu

Esther Ofarim loves to be at home. Home is in Hamburg, Germany, where she moved in the late 1970s. She is less fond of giving interviews. Throughout her long career, she has rarely spoken with the press, nor does she see the need this time around. “Why? What for?... I have time but why should I expose myself? Talk about myself? It’s a little… weird.”

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