MORTKHE-MENDL LEVIN (MM”L)
He came from Verzhbalove (Virbaln, Virbalis), Lithuania. He was a small-scale merchant and follower of the Jewish Enlightenment. He was also among the first local Ḥoveve-tsiyon (Lovers of Zion). He published stories in Kol mevaser (Herald) in Odessa and Hamagid (The preacher) in Lik, among other serials. He wrote pamphlets in Yiddish with a moral, such as: Reb moyshele der tsadek, oder der tsugetrofener shidekh (Reb Moyshele the saintly man, or the desired match), a “beautiful story” (Vilna, 1881), 68 pp.; Shnay akhim, oder a mayse shehoye in der lite (Two brother, or a story that transpired in Lithuania) (Vilna, 1883), 54 pp. He also published under the pen name MM”L.
Khayim Leyb Fuks