Michael Handelzalts is a widely read Israeli journalist, theater critic, translator and editor with a weekly column in the Haaretz daily newspaper. In 1975 Handelzalts first started to write theatre reviews for the paper, and in 1981 he joined the editorial board as a theatre reviewer and editor. In addition to the various sections of the newspaper in which he was involved as a contributor and editor, Handelzalts was also the founder and first editor of the newspaper's esteemed Book Review Magazine. He is the recipient of Israel's Sokolov Prize for Journalism. He has also translated books from Polish and English into Hebrew.