YOYSEF LUTSKI (b. 1887)
He was born in Zvanets, near Kamenets-Podolsk, Ukraine. He studied in the yeshiva of “Rav Tsair” (the young rabbi) in Odessa, while at the same time studying secular subject matter. From his youth he was active in the Zionist movement in Russia, later in Argentina where he settled in 1908. He was a cofounder of the Zionist party Tiferet Tsiyon (Beauty of Zion). He was also involved in the Jewish community, DAYA (Union of Jewish Organizations in Argentina), and the Yiddish-Hebrew school curriculum. His journalistic work began in Di yidishe hofenung (The Jewish hope) in Buenos Aires (1908-1913), and later he contributed to Di idishe velt (The Jewish world) in Buenos Aires (1913-1917) and Di idishe tsaytung (The Jewish newspaper) in Buenos Aires, in which, among other items, he published his travel descriptions of Israel which were later also published in book form as: Erets-yisroel, vi ikh hob zi gezen (The land of Israel, as I saw it) (Buenos Aires, 1938), 96 pp. He also placed work in the Hebrew publication Darom (South) in Buenos Aires, and in the Hebrew press in Israel. He was last living in Buenos Aires.
Sources: Sh. Rozhanski, Dos yidishe gedrukte vort in argentine (The published Yiddish word in Argentina) (Buenos Aires, 1941), p. 185; Volf Bresler, Antologye fun der yidisher literatur in argentine (Anthology of Jewish literature in Argentina) (Buenos Aires, 1944), p. 931; P. Kats, Geklibene shriftn (Selected works), vol. 5 (Buenos Aires, 1946); Y. Ayzenberg, in Haboker (Tel Aviv) (Av 5 [= August 2], 1957); R. Ts., in Keneder odler (Montreal) (August 7, 1962).
Khayim Leyb Fuks