Born in Vilna. He was a Maskil and Hebrew writer, and he was the father-in-law of the famed mathematician, Professor Herman Shapiro, founder of the Jewish National Fund. At the end of the 1860s, he emigrated to England and took part in the community life of Russian and Polish Jews in London. He edited (together with Shmuel Distilator) a Yiddish weekly with the title Hashoyfer (The shofar)—the first number dated January 21, 1874 (London). He was known in Hebrew literature under the pseudonym חזא״ל.
Sources: E. R. Malachi, in Zamlbukh lekoved dem tvey hundert un fuftsikstn yoyvl fun der yidisher prese (Collection in honor of the 250th anniversary of the Yiddish press), ed. Dr. Y. Shatski (New York, 1937), pp. 315-16; Libe Shildkret, in Yivi-bleter, vol. 15, no. 3 (1940), pp. 217-24.