Thursday 31 January 2019


YUDE-LEYB KOVALSKI (1862-May 19, 1925)
            He was born in Povonzek (Powązki), a suburb of Warsaw.  He was the father of Khane Kovalski and a rabbi in Grabove (Grajewo), Khorzhel (Chorzele), and from 1899 Vlotslavek (Włocławek).  He was a cofounder of Mizrachi in Poland and for a long period of time its chairman.  He was a senator in the Polish Sejm.  He contributed topical and religious-philosophical articles to Haynt (Today), Moment (Moment), and to Hebrew-language periodicals.  He left in manuscript a volume of speeches in Yiddish on ethnic religious topics and a book of aphorisms in Hebrew and Yiddish.  He died in Włocławek, Poland.

Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 3; Yitsak Gur-Arye, Yehuda-leib kovalski (Yude-Leyb Kovalski) (Jerusalem, 1927); a series of articles about Kovalski, in Vlotslavek shtime (Włocławek) (1935); Vlotslavek un svive, yizker-bukh (Włocławek and environs, memorial volume) (Tel Aviv, 1967).
Yekhezkl Lifshits

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