Tuesday 15 December 2015


YOSEF AḤAI (December 15, 1898-1988)
            He was a Hebrew writer, born in Kovno.  In 1920 he made aliya to Israel.  He performed great service for Yiddish literature with his many translations of Yiddish into Hebrew: books by Yankev Fridman, Rivke Kvyatkovski-Pinkhasik, Khayele Gruber, Y. B. Alterman (from a Yiddish manuscript), Froym Shrayer, Yeshaye Rekhter, and others.  He was also one of the translators of Chaim Grade’s Af mayn veg tsu dir (On my way to you) as Bedarki elayikh (Tel Aviv, 1969), 179 pp.

Source: Getzel Kressel, Leksikon hasifrut haivrit (Handbook of Hebrew literature) (Merḥavya, 1967), vol. 1.

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