← Back to author list S.Y. Agnon S.Y. Agnon (1888–1970) was a Nobel Prize laureate whose work was central to the development of modern Hebrew fiction. Born in what is present-day Ukraine, he made aliyah in 1908.Jeffrey Saks, series editor of The Toby Press’ S.Y. Agnon Library, is the founding director of ATID and its WebYeshiva.org program. He lectures regularly at The Agnon House in Jerusalem.