Tuesday 4 June 2019


TSVI-HIRSH RUBINSHTEYN (February 1, 1889-November 29, 1943)
            He was a journalist, born in Lemberg.  He studied in high school until the eighth class, and at home he studied Tanakh and Talmud until age sixteen.  In 1909 he emigrated to the United States.  He initially published in German newspapers, later in Yiddish.  He contributed to Varhayt (Truth), Forverts (Forward), and other Yiddish newspapers and periodicals.  From late 1919 he was a regular contributor to Tog (Day).  There he published journalistic articles, humorous sketches, feature pieces, and the memoirs of Berta Kalish under the title Mayn lebn (My life) in 1925.  He edited trade journals—such as Di idishe beker shtime (The voice of Jewish bakers) in New York—and the literary publication Mit blase hent (With colorless hands) (one issue appeared).  In book form: Gut shabes, gut yor (Have a good Sabbath to you, too) (New York, 1937), 261 pp.—selected feature pieces by Rubinshteyn from Tog under the same title.  His pen names included: Tsahar, A. Galitsyaner, A. Lemberger, A. Blits, Sore Vayts (his wife’s name), Hershele Peshis, Rubi, and Ben-Dovid.  He died in New York.

Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 4; Zalmen Zilbertsvayg, Leksikon fun yidishn teater (Handbook of the Yiddish theater), vol. 6 (Mexico City, 1969); Yeshurin archive, YIVO (New York).
Berl Cohen

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