Wednesday 20 June 2018


RIFOEL EPSHTEYN (RAPHAEL H. EPSTEIN) (November 1, 1876-September 17, 1957)
            He was born in Mikhalove (Michałowo), Bialystok district, Poland.  He studied in yeshivas.  In 1899 he came to the United States.  For a time he worked as a Hebrew teacher and preacher in St. Paul.  He later moved to Canada, where he worked as teacher in Ottawa and Montreal.  He was a cofounder and a member if the central committee of the Mizrachi party in Canada.  He published articles on religious and ethnic topics in: Hatsfira (The siren) in Warsaw; Dos idishe likht (The Jewish light) in New York; Keneder odler (Canadian eagle) in Montreal; Der idisher zhurnal (The Jewish journal) in Toronto; Mizrakhi vokhenblat (Mizrachi weekly newspaper); and Unzer shtime (Our voice); among others.  Many of his articles were included in his religious texts in Hebrew and Yiddish: Sefer higayon vetsaut (Book of wisdom and lucidity) (Ottawa, 1943), 212 pp.; Sefer likute shoshanim (Book of wreath of roses) (Montreal, 1955), 178 pp.  He died in Montreal.

Sources: M. Ginzburg, in Keneder odler (Montreal) (November 2, 1943; July 14, 1955); Yisroel Rabinovitsh, in Keneder odler (September 20, 1957; November 5, 1959).
Khayim Leyb Fuks

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