Wednesday 21 September 2016


            He was born in Vilna.  In his early youth he moved with his parents to Utyan, Lithuania, where he studied in the Jewish high school.  He was later active there in Jewish school and cultural life.  He was active among the illegal left Labor Zionists and published in Nayvelt (New world).  He escaped to Poland, lived in Warsaw, and in 1936 made aliya to Israel, after being denounced to the police.  In 1946 he founded the publisher “Nay lebn” (New life).  Following the proclamation of the state of Israel, he and M. Tsanin founded the semi-weekly Yiddish newspaper, Letste nayes (Latest news) and Yidishe tsaytung (Jewish newspaper).  From 1956 he was editor of the weekly Yidishe tsaytung in Tel Aviv, in which he published—aside from editorials—translations from Russian and French.  His translation of Alexandre Dumas’s Graf monte kristo (The Count of Monte Cristo) appeared in installments every two weeks in Tel Aviv.  He died in Tel Aviv.  A selection of his articles and critiques of them was published in Ondenk-bukh fun yisroel khodesh z”l (Memory volume for Yisroel Khodesh, may his memory be for a blessing) (Tel Aviv, 1973), 263 pp.

[Additional information from: Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 271.]

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