Esther Rafaeli was born in Tel Aviv in 1922, to Polish parents.
In 1927 the family moved to Australia, where she spent her childhood, and graduated from Melbourne University with a degree in English Language and Literature. She worked as a journalist for the Australian Jewish Herald before making Aliya with her brother in 1949. She met her Polish-born husband in Israel and together they had 4 children, residing in Jerusalem for 50 years.
Esther was a full time mother, who wrote for her own enjoyment, but she also received a second degree in English Literature and Special Education from Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
Her writing has been published in both Hebrew and English. She passed away in 2014.