Tuesday, 29 September 2015

YITSKHOK-ARN GREYZEL

YITSKHOK-ARN GREYZEL (1874-August 2, 1914)
            He was born in Minsk, Byelorussia, to devout parents.  He received a rigorous religious education.  He was skilled in ancient Hebrew literature.  Until 1903 he studied in Kharkov, where he was active in the Zionist movement.  In 1903 he moved to New York, received a law degree there, but he did not practice.  He was also active in New York in the Zionist organization.  From 1910 until his death, he was living in Philadelphia.  He was the owner of a Yiddish publishing house.  He published articles on Zionist and Jewish issues in Der shtral (The ray) in Philadelphia in 1906, in Der idisher kemfer (The Jewish fighter) in New York in 1907-1909, and in Di bronzviler post (The Brownsville mail) and Di yidishe fon (The Jewish banner) in New York in 1910, among others.  He edited the last two of these publications.  He left in manuscript a Hebrew commentary on Maimonides’s Yad haḥazaka (The mighty arm).

Sources: D. B. Tirkel, in Pinkes (New York, 1927-1928), p. 261; Y. Khaykin, Yidishe bleter in amerike (Yiddish leaves in America) (New York, 1946), p. 203; Tsvi-Yoysef Kahan, in Idisher kemfer (New York) (March 26, 1956).

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