Thursday, 9 May 2019


            He was a follower of the Jewish Enlightenment and a wedding entertainer, he “provided for Velvele [Velvl Zbarzher], was his right-hand man, his writer, his manager,” according to Bernard Vakhshteyn.  He was the author of Mayse fun dem rov shalito un fun zayn gantser svive (Story of the rabbi, may he live long and happily, and of his entire surroundings) against Rabbi Ornshteyn of Lemberg and his role in poisoning [non-Orthodox] Rabbi Avrom Cohen (1848).  He died in Lemberg.

Sources: Bernard Vakhshteyn, in Filologishe shriftn (Vilna) 2 (1928), col. 5; Meyer Balaban, in Yivo-bleter (New York) 13 (1938), p. 216; Historishe shriftn (YIVO) 2, p. 684; Dov Sadan, Avne miftan, masot al sofre yidish (Milestones, essays on Yiddish writers), vol. 1 (Tel Aviv: Perets Publ., 1961), pp. 138-39.
Yekhezkl Lifshits

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