Thursday 18 December 2014


Born in Byelsk (Bielsk) in the Grodno district of Poland, at the age of four his father, Yitskhok-Arye, died.  He studied in religious elementary school as well as in yeshivas in Telshe (Telts) and Vilna.  He married in 1903 in Lodz and became an big businessman.  He was a member of the managing committee of the Jewish community and secretary of the Jewish Agency in Lodz.  In 1939 he escaped from the Nazis and came to Palestine, where he remained.  He was active in “Brit rishonim” (Covenant of the first ones [a veteran Zionist organization]) and chairman of the Association of Lodz Jews in Israel.  He published stories and articles in Hatsfira (The siren), Hamelits (The advocate), Baderekh (On the road), Haolam (The world), Lodzher tageblat (Lodz daily newspaper, from 1910 until its last number in 1933), and Nayer folksblat (New people’s newspaper [impressions of a businessman]).  In more recent years, he has published articles concerned with socio-economic problems in Haarets (The land), Haboker (This morning), Hatsofe (The spectator) in Israel, and he published chapters in the five volumes that make up Monografye vegn lodzh (Monograph on Lodz).

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