Wednesday 11 June 2014


NAFTALI-HERTS IMBER (December 27, 1856-October 8, 1909)
     Author of “Hatikvah.”  He was born in Zlotshev (Złoczew), eastern Galicia.  He was the brother of Hebrew writer Shmaryahu Imber and uncle of the Yiddish poet Shmuel-Yankev Imber.  He had a traditional Jewish education.  He traveled a great deal.  On one of his trips through Romania, apparently, he wrote Hatikvah.  He arrived in the United States in 1892.  Aside from various books and brochures on Jewish topics in English that he published in America, he also published poems in Minikes’s Yontef bleter (Holiday leaves).  He translated his own poem “Tefila letofer” (Prayer for a tailor) into Yiddish with the titled “Mayn gebet tsum shnayder.”  In 1953 Imber’s remains were transported from New York to Jerusalem.

Sources: D. Tidhar, Entsiklopedyah lealutse hayishuv uvonav (Encyclopedia of the founders and builders of Israel) (Tel Aviv, 1950), vol. 4, see index; Gershom Bader, Medina veḥakhameha (The land and its wisdom) (New York, 1934), see index; N. Mayzil, Amerike in yidishn vort (America in Yiddish) (New York, 1955), see index; M. Vintshevski, in Tsukunft (New York) (November 1909); M. Shtarkman, in Tsukunft (May-June 1942); Dov Sadan, in Al hamishmar (On guard) (Tel Aviv) (Tevet, 1955).

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