Monday 22 February 2016


YITSKHOK HOROVITS (July 23, 1893-March 21, 1961)
            He was born in Yefureni, Romania.  He lived in Jassy until 1909 and then emigrated to the United States.  He worked in a sweatshop and simultaneously studied.  From 1912 he was publishing poetry in Fraye arbeter shtime (Free voice of labor), Forverts (Forward), Di vokh (The week), Di feder (The pen), Di tsvayg (The branch), and Kinder-zhurnal (Children’s magazine)—all in New York.  He edited: Di fraye muze (The free muse) in 1913, the monthly Der vegetaryer (The vegetarian) in 1916, and Di vegetarishe velt (The vegetarian world) in 1921—all in New York.  He contributed to the journal Der naturist un vegetaryer (The naturist and vegetarian) (New York, 1920).  In the 1920s he moved to Los Angeles, where he brought out the journal Der mayrev (The West).  Among his books: Vegn moyshe nadir, kritishe polemik (On Moyshe Nadir, a critical polemic) (Brooklyn: Aleyn, 1919), 32 pp.; Dos kol fun di shtume (“The voice of the dumb”) (New York: Aleyn, 1920), 95 pp.  Concerning vegetarianism: Ven der lerer iz nishto (When there is no teacher) (Vilna: Naye yidishe folkshul, 1928), 16 pp.; Parnose-gever, un ven der lerer iz nishto (The breadwinner, and When there is no teacher), a one-act play (New York, Workmen’s Circle, 1929), 15 pp.; Teg un nekht mit panait istrati (Days and nights with Panait Istrati) (New York, 1940), 172 pp.; Mayn tatns kretshme (My father’s shop) (New York: Matones, 1953), 220 pp.  He translated Khalil Gibran’s Der novi (The Prophet) (Warsaw-New York, 1929), 96 pp.  He used the pseudonyms: Danilo, Veritas, and A. H-ts.  He died in New York.

Source: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 1.

Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), cols. 214-15.

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