Wednesday 9 November 2016


MENAKHEM TSHAPNIK (b. August 14, 1910)
            He was born in Grayeve (Grajewo), Russian Poland.  He studied with his father, a school teacher, and later at a Talmud Torah and in the Lomzhe yeshiva.  At age eighteen he turned to studying secular knowledge privately.  In 1928 he published his first article in the Mizrachi weekly newspaper Dos yudishe lebn (The Jewish life), and from the point forward he wrote articles for the Orthodox press, as well as correspondence pieces for Moment (Moment) in Warsaw.  In book form: Di klole, drame in dray aktn mit an epilog (The curse, a drama in three acts with an epilogue) (Warsaw, 1931), 64 pp.  He had in manuscript the play Der man fun morgn (The man from tomorrow) and a cycle of dramas entitled “Fun amol un haynt” (From yesterday and today)—Yerovom ben navat (Jereboam son of Nabat), Amnon un tomer (Amnon and Tamar), and Yirmyohu (Jeremiah).

Source: Zalmen Zilbertsvayg, Leksikon fun yidishn teater (Handbook of the Yiddish theater), vol. 2.
Benyomen Elis

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