Yitzhak Orpaz was born in the Soviet Union. He immigrated to Mandate Palestine at the age of 17. He enlisted in the British Army during the Second World War and served in the Jewish Brigade. He served in the Israel Defense Forces during the 1947–1949 Palestine war. After the war he served in the regular army. He studied philosophy and Hebrew literature at Tel Aviv University.
His first book Wild Grass was published in 1959.
- Yitzhak Orpaz bibliography at the Institute for Translation of Hebrew Literature.
- Israel Prize Official Site - CV of Yitzhak Orpaz-Auerbach (in Hebrew)