Sunday, 8 July 2018


ELYE PORETSKI (b. January 17, 1905)
            He would later Hebraize his surname to Porat.  He was born in Telekhan (Telekhany), near Baranovich, southern Russian.  He studied in religious elementary school and yeshiva in Vilna, and later graduated from the Vilna Russian high school and the University of Basel (Switzerland) with a Ph.D.  In 1931 he founded and edited in Riga the newspaper Ovntpost (Evening mail), while also contributing to Tsayt (Times) in Vilna and Moment (Moment) in Warsaw.  In 1935 he made aliya to the land of Israel.  In Haifa he founded a Hebrew-language daily newspaper Hakarmel (The Carmel), later called Har karmel (Mount Carmel).  He went on to found and edit the newspaper adashot haerev (The evening news) and Hamedina (The state); and he wrote for Davar (Word) and Haarets (The land), and served as the political correspondent for “Voice of Israel.”  During WWII he was a translator for the British military.  In book form: Migibraltar ad suets (From Gibraltar to Suez) (Jerusalem: Aḥiasaf, 1940/1941), 175 pp.; and a book in German about the rise of the Jewish labor movement (Riga, 1932).  He was last living in Israel.

Sources: D. Tidhar, in Entsiklopedyah lealutse hayishuv uvonav (Encyclopedia of the pioneers and builders of the yishuv), vol. 4 (Tel Aviv, 1950), pp. 1556, 1657; Meylekh Ravitsh, Mayn leksikon (My lexicon), vol. 3 (Montreal, 1958), p. 482.
Yankev Kahan

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