Tuesday, 28 May 2019

LEYZER-SHIMEN RAPAPORT


LEYZER-SHIMEN[1] RAPAPORT (1864-October 16, 1919)
            He was a Hebrew and Yiddish writer, born in Botoșani, Romania.  At age two he was orphaned.  Until he was eighteen he studied in the synagogue study chamber.  In 1890 he settled in Roman, Romania.  From 1893 he worked as a teacher of Hebrew in a Romanian Jewish school.  In Roman he published the Yiddish weekly newspaper Hayisroeli (The Israelite) in 1900, which he wrote the great majority of himself.  He also brought out Purim leaflets—Vayzose (Imbecile [lit., a son of Haman, said to have been a fool] and Homentash (Homentash)—and calendars in which he published poetry in Hebrew and Yiddish.  He contributed as well to: Yudishes folksblat (Jewish daily newspaper) in Jassy (Iași) in 1886, Der vahrer hayoyets (The truthful advisor) in Bucharest (1895-1913?), and Di yudishe tsukunft (The Jewish future) in Jassy (1899).  He also wrote for such Hebrew-language serials as: Hatsfira (The siren) and Talpiyot (Fortresses), among others.  He left in manuscript stories, sermons, and poetry in Yiddish and Hebrew.  His pen names include: Osher, Ben-Avrom, and Yerukhem Hakatan.  He died in Roman.

Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 4; Natan Mark, Sifrut yidish beromanya (Yiddish literature in Romania) (Tel Aviv, 1973), see index.
Berl Cohen



[1] According to Natan Mark, Sifrut yidish beromanya (Yiddish literature in Romania) (Tel Aviv, 1973), his given name was Leyzer-Shimshn.

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