Tuesday 25 April 2017


            He was born in Kuznitse (Kurenets), Poland.  He attended religious primary schools and yeshivas, later becoming a follower of the Jewish Enlightenment; he founded a private children’s school in Kovel (Kovle), and he later moved it to Bialystok.  He was the teller of jokes and aphorisms.  He was a member of the Bialystok Jewish literary circle.  He published in Hebrew: Mikhtavim veḥidudim (Letters and jokes) (Warsaw, 1901/1902), 64 pp.; Ezrat yisrael (Israel’s help) (Bialystok, 1929/1930), 158 + 70 pp.; Sipure shaashuim (Entertainment stories) (Warsaw, 1898), 122 pp., popular stories and anecdotes.  In Yiddish: A bukh mit glaykhvertlekh (A book with aphorisms).  He wrote articles and humorous sketches for: Byalistoker shtime (Voice of Bialystok), Dos naye lebn (The new life), and Undzer lebn (Our life).  Further information about him remains unknown.

Sources: Byalistoker shtime (New York) (October 1924); Byalistoker leksikon (Bialystok handbook) (Bialystok, 1935); P. Vyernik, in Morgn-zhurnal (New York) (January 15, 1935); A. Sh. Hershberg, in Pinkes byalistok (Records of Bialystok), vol. 1 (New York, 1949).
Yankev Kahan

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