He was born in Dokshits (Dokshytsy), Vilna district, into a poor family. With help from local Dokshits leaders, he made his way to Vilna, where he studied in the design school at the “Help through work” trade school and was active in the community in religious Zionist circles. In 1927, before he departed for South Africa, he published (under the name Arye ben Arye) the pamphlet: Yidishizm un zayn tendentsyeze praktik (Yiddishism and its tendencies in practice) (Vilna: Kreynes un Kovalski, 1927), 20 pp., in which he attempted from a naïve point of view to come out against “Zhargon, which the Yiddishists give the name Yiddish and want to transform into national language.”
Source: L. Ran, in 25 yor yung vilne (Twenty-five years of Young Vilna), anthology (New York, 1955).
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