Monday, 31 October 2016


            He was the author of a collection of poetry, Der ben-yokhed (The only son), which is now extremely rare.  A single copy may be found in the Harvard College Library in Cambridge, Massachusetts—a gift from Leo Weiner in 1898.  The fuller title of this short book runs: “The Only Child, written by Leyvi-Yitskhok, son of Rabbi Menashe, Tereshkovetske from Alt-Konstantin” (Zhitomir, 1893), 73 pp.  From these poems (twenty-one of them in all), it can be seen that the author also lived in Kursk and Kharkov.  From the apology on the cover, one can see that he also had written a work entitled Der vilner shames (The Vilna beadle), but it had not been published: “Before I published Ben-yokhed, I thought earlier of publishing Vilner shames, but as Vilner shames would require over 100 sheets of paper to print, which would cost twice as much as it would Ben-yokhed, I therefore chose first to publish Ben-yokhed and, when times turn a bit better, I will publish Vilner shames.

Source: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 1.
Zaynvl Diamant

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