Sunday, 5 May 2019


YANKEV RABINOVITSH (December 10, 1875-April 4, 1948)
            He was a Hebrew writer and author of a series of books in various genres, born in Volkovisk (Wołkowysk), Grodno region.  From 1910 he was living in the land of Israel.  He wrote from time to time in Yiddish for Idisher kemfer (Jewish fighter) under the pen names Tsiyoni Proletari and Tsiyoni Poshet.  In Yiddish he only published Zionist booklets: Vu iz unzer oylem? A erenst vort tsum folk (Where is our audience? A serious word to the people) (Berdichev: Ezra, 1899), 13 pp., using the pen name Rav Yud; Teritoryalizm oder tsienizm (Territorialism or Zionism) (Cracow, 1904), 21 pp.; Erets-yisroel oder Uganda (The land of Israel or Uganda) (Vilna, 1904), 61 pp.; Dos idishe element in erets-yisroel, nokh farshidene kvelen (The Jewish element in the land of Israel, following various sources) (Odessa: Palestina, 1905/1906), 36 pp., using the pen name Tsiyoni Poshet; Farvos erets-yisroel? (Why the land of Israel?) (Odessa: Tsienistishe kopike biblyotek, 1908), 15 pp.  He died in Tel Aviv.

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

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