Monday, 20 May 2019

KHAYIM-DOVID ROZENSHTEYN


KHAYIM-DOVID ROZENSHTEYN (1871-March 7, 1934)
            He was born in Radoshkevitsh (Radaškovičy), the father of the writer Tsvi-Hirsh Rozenshteyn, Avraham Evan-Shoshan, and Shelomo Evan-Shoshan.  He studied in yeshivas and later became a follower of the Jewish Enlightenment.  From 1885 he was living in Minsk where he founded the first “cheder metukan” (improved religious elementary school).  He wrote mainly in Hebrew.  In Yiddish he published articles in: Farn folk (For the people) and Der yud (The Jew).  According to Rozenshteyn’s list in Hamelits (The advocate) of May 29, 1901, he wrote a pamphlet a pamphlet in Yiddish and Hebrew about the improved religious elementary school.  In 1973 a collection of his works was published under the title Kevutim (Writings) in Hebrew.  He died in Minsk.

Sources: Getzel Kressel, Leksikon hasifrut haivrit (Handbook of Hebrew literature), vol. 2 (Meravya, 1967); D. Tidhar, in Entsiklopedyah lealutse hayishuv uvonav (Encyclopedia of the pioneers and builders of the yishuv), vol. 6 (Tel Aviv, 1955); Rozenshteyn, Ketuvim (Writings), pp. 9-26.
Ruvn Goldberg


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