NISN HALEVI LEVINSKI
He was born in Snyadove (Śniadowo), Lomzhe district, Russian Poland. He was the son of the local rabbi. He attended religious elementary school and yeshivas, later serving as rabbi in various communities in Lithuania and Poland. He was the author of: Amude bet yisrael (Foundations of the House of Israel) (Warsaw, 1891), 82 pp.; Haemet vehashalom (Truth and peace) (Warsaw, 1912), 106 pp.; Maayan gamin (Fountain of gardens) (Pyetrikov, 1923), 96 pp., translations of midrashim with his own commentary in Yiddish; Neḥmad venaim (Delightful and pleasant) (Pyetrikov, 1924), 68 pp.; Siḥot arevot (Pleasant conversations), “the sweet chats about contemporary, dark, non-kosher items, and this has become entangled in lovely stories that will bring readers great joy” (Pyetrikov, 1925), 63 pp. A variety of words and expressions from Levinski’s texts were cited in the first volume of the Groyser verterbukh fun der yidisher shprakh (Great dictionary of the Yiddish language) (New York, 1961).
Sources: Bet eked sefarim; materials in the library of the Lubavitcher Rebbe in New York.
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