ABE-HILEL SHKOLNIK (ABBA HILLEL SKOLNIK) (February 14, 1880-September 14, 1969)
He was born in Plotl (Plotele, Plateliai), Lithuania. His Father was a rabbi in the town for forty-five years. From ages eleven to fourteen, he attended yeshivas, learned the trade of ritual slaughterer, and moved to Libave (Liepāja). In 1912 he settled in Chicago. For a time he took up work as a peddler. He tried writing stories and poetry, but at the advice of Sholem-Aleichem, he turned his attention mainly to aphorisms which he published from 1910 in: Dos vort (The word), Haynt (Today), Moment (Moment), Ashmeday (Asmodeus) in Berlin, various holiday sheets in Russia and Poland; and later in American Yiddish serials, such as Der groyser kundes (The great prankster), Der kibitzer (The kibitzer), Dos vort, Kunst-fraynd (Friend of art), Shikago (Chicago), Idisher kuryer (Jewish courier), and Keneder odler (Canadian eagle. He published thousands of aphorisms. In book form: Aforizmen (Aphorisms) (Tel Aviv: Perets Publ., 1974), 255 pp. He died in Chicago.
Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 4; D. Groybard, in Forverts (New York) (October 11, 1974).
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