Tuesday 6 February 2018


            He came from Kishinev, Bessarabia, where he was a schoolteacher, a writer of administrative petitions, and a “corner lawyer” (who wrote out requests).  He was the author of a series of entertainment novels and stories on themes drawn from Jewish history, such as: A khosn af oystsohlin, oder di gitrey tokhter (A bridegroom on the installment plan, or the devoted daughter), 2 parts—part 1 (Kishinev, 1876), 40 pp.; part 2 (Odessa, 1877), 32 pp.—with a number of subsequent printings, the last in 1921; Der egiptisher khosn (The Egyptian bridegroom), a story drawn from antiquity (Odessa, 1880), 52 pp., with a foreword in which the author explains a bit of his personal life (many editions appeared in print in Vilna and Warsaw); Der nes fun akten tog, dertsehlung fun idishen lebun (The miracle of eight days, a story from Jewish life) (Odessa, 1882), 38 pp.  Further biographical details remain unknown.

Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 2; Solomon Esbikher (Sholem-Aleykhem), in Yudishe folks-biblyotek (Kiev), vol. 1 (1888), p. 771.
Khayim Leyb Fuks

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