Friday 28 November 2014


     Born in Brisk (Brześć) in Lithuania, his father’s name was Arn (Aharon), author of Sefer seyag latorah (On making a fence around the Torah).  In 1833 he came with his family to Palestine, settling in Tsfat (Safed), and he became a member there of the Community of the Disciples of the Vilna Gaon (Kolel perushim talmide hagra).  In 1837 he visited Poland and Russia as a messenger from the Kolel to bring assistance to the impoverished community in Tsfat [victim of a pogrom in 1838].  At that time he published his text, Korot haitim (Events of the times), in which he recounted the experiences of Tsfat Jews at the time of the peasant uprising in Palestine.  In addition, he also gave evidence in this advice about tourism in Palestine.  The book was published in Vilna in 1839 (reprinted in Jerusalem in 1946), and so that Jews who knew no Hebrew would be able to read it, he translated it into Yiddish and had it published in Warsaw in 1841).

Source: D. Tidhar, Entsiklopedyah lealutse hayishuv uvonav (Encyclopedia of the founders and builders of Israel), vol. 2, pp. 560-61.

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