He was a publisher in London. He published the Yiddish weekly Hashoyfer (der trumeyt) (The trumpet) in London—first issue, January 21, 1874. The editor (or associate editor) was Zalmen Elyashyevitsh, a Hebrew writer who wrote under the pseudonym Ḥazal. Some scholars believe that Distilator was also a co-editor of Hashoyfer. He used the pen name Tsitem.
Sources: E. R. Malachi, in Zamlbukh, lekoved dem tsvey hundert un fuftsikstn yoyvl fun der yidisher prese 1686-1936 (Anthology in honor of the 250th jubilee of the Yiddish press, 1686-1936), ed. Dr. Y. Shatski (New York, 1937), pp. 315-17; K. Marmor, in Morgn frayhayt (New York) (April 4, 1937).