Wednesday 23 January 2019


AHARON-AVRAHAM KABAK (December 28, 1883[1]-November 19, 1944)
            He was a Hebrew novelist, born in Smorgon, Vilna district.  Over the years 1911-1914, he lived in the land of Israel, and in 1921 he finally decided to settle there.  He authored numerous works in Hebrew, such as: the trilogy Shelomo molkho, roman (Solomon Molkho, a novel); Bamishol hatsar (In the narrow path); and Toldot mishpaḥa aḥat (History of one family); among others.  Around 1905 he began writing in Yiddish.  He published a series of stories in St Petersburg’s Fraynd (Friend) and Vilna’s Dos yudishe folk (The Jewish people).  He prepared two volumes of his writings in Yiddish.  After settling in Israel, he withdrew completely from Yiddish literature.  He died in Jerusalem.

Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 3; Getzel Kressel, Leksikon hasifrut haivrit (Handbook of Hebrew literature), vol. 2 (Meravya, 1967); Avraham Shaanan, Milon hasifrut haḥadasha haivrit vehakelalit (Dictionary of modern Hebrew and general literature) (Tel Aviv, 1959), pp. 680-82.
Berl Cohen

[1] Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 3, incorrectly give the year as 1882.

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