Tuesday, 14 May 2019

AVROM-KHAYIM ROZENBERG


AVROM-KHAYIM ROZENBERG (October 17, 1838-August 1, 1928)
            He was a Hebrew scholar, born in Karlin (Karalin), Polesia.  He was the brother-in-law of Shomer (N. M. Shaykevitsh) and descended from a great pedigree.  He studied a great deal of Talmud and graduated from the Zhitomir rabbinical seminary in 1872.  He served as a rabbi in Pinsk, Nikolaev, and Poltava.  In 1891 he made his way to the United States where, among other items, he published his life work, the encyclopedia of the Tanakh: Otsar hashemot (Treasury of names) in ten volumes (New York, 1923).  He began writing in Yiddish for the weekly Der idisher farmer (The Jewish farmer) in 1891 with a series of articles on agriculture among Jews in the era of the prophets and the Talmud.  He later placed work in: Yidishes tageblat (Jewish daily newspaper), Minikes bleter (Minikes’s pages), Der amerikaner (The American), and Morgn-zhurnal (Morning journal), among others.  He wrote a great deal about the wisdom of Israel in the Hebrew and Russian-Jewish press.  In book form: Avrom avinus lebens-beshraybung (Biography of Abraham our father) (New York: Hebrew Publishing Co., 1909), 14 pp.; Geyrush shpanyen (The expulsion from Spain) (New York: Hebrew Publishing Co.).  He translated the twelve-volume Veltgeshikhte fun uralte tsayten biz haytigen tog (World history from ancient times until the present day) of Johann Gustav Vogt (New York, 1918).  He died in New York.

Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 4 (with a mistaken date of death); Getzel Kressel, Leksikon hasifrut haivrit (Handbook of Hebrew literature), vol. 2 (Meravya, 1967).
Berl Cohen


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