Sunday 10 November 2019


SHIYE SHPETMAN (d. May 1964)
            He was born in Lublin and lived for many years in Warsaw.  He was related to Hillel Tsaytlin.  He was a national orator on behalf of Mizrachi in Poland and for a short time the head of a rabbinical college of the Ostrov (Ostrów) Rebbe in Warsaw.  From 1929 until his death, he was rabbi of Nelson Street Shul in London.  He was a regular contributor to the London daily newspaper Tsayt (Times), and he also wrote for other Yiddish newspapers.  He mostly wrote religious texts and treatises in Yiddish, among them: Khevle haneshome umuser hayaades (Sufferings of the soul and the proper behavior of Jews) (Warsaw, 1938), 252 pp.; Kuntres haemes (Commentary on the truth), memoirs, articles, and essays about life, suffering, creations, and Polish Jewry (London, 1942-1944), 6 booklets; Begilufin, fergangene velter (In turn, past world) (London, 1951), 96 pp.; Yontef kuntresim (Holiday commentaries) (London, 1951-1953), 5 booklets; Lekoved rosheshone, yonkiper, khanike (In honor of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Hanukkah), thoughts about Jews and Judaism (London, 1958), 47 pp.  He died in London.

Sources: Arn Tsaytlin, in Tog-morgn-zhurnal (New York) (June 5, 1964); Nakhmen Shemen, in Kender odler (Montreal) (June 5, 1964); D. B. Varshavski, in Dos idishe shul-lebn (London) (September-October 1964).
Yekhezkl Lifshits

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