MORTKHE-YITSKHOK EDELMAN (b. ca. 1860)
He was born in Raseyn (Raseiniai), Lithuania. He was the author of Pitgame hatalmud (Saying from the Talmud) (Lomzhe: H. Y. Tsitrin, 1912), 156 pp., including a Yiddish translation in verse. The author, a purely Hebrew writer, notes in the preface that Yiddish was then necessary as a means against assimilation. He was agitating for Yiddish, because one could not introduce Hebrew-Aramaic as a language of daily use for the people. Around 1905 he moved to Bialystok, where he published a dozen religious works in Hebrew. He was still living in 1937. In his book Ḥakham vesar (Sage and prince) (Warsaw, 1896), 68 pp., there is included a full biography of his father Simkhe-Ruvn (b. 1821 in Raseinai, d. 1893 in Warsaw), a well-known Hebrew scholar in his day, known under the literary name “Sar haadulami.”
Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 548.