Born in Zembin circa 1839.
His father was a shoemaker. Until his marriage, Lazer
also was a shoemaker, then a sexton in a synagogue,
divorced his wife, married another and became a klezmer
with a cymbal. Gradually he became a badkhan, and
received a great popularity in the entire milieu. Mainly
he used to travel to poor weddings because he had been
required by the synagogue bride.
Lazer was a short,
industrious person with a constantly smiling face, and
he used to love children very much. On Simchas Torah he
used to direct the poor children in hope, where he
allowed them to wash, and then over the wealthy homes,
where he used to, with the children, remove the food
into a bag and and then share it with poor people.
During a wedding he used to
say programs that often had taken on a satirical
character. Together with a klezmer, and at times by
himself, he used to perform his own "shtik",
among them the pantomime "A golem." A special success was
had by his "production" -- "Der glh."
He thus used to
put on a tablecloth, eynhiln himself as such in
"A riase," took the hemerl of a cymbal, instead a
tslm, used to sit down, and the klezmer Yeshaya
Muravantshik used to dress up as a countrywoman, and
together they performed a scene such as the countrywoman
who comes to confess to her priest.
It was a satire on the
hypocrisy of the priest.
Lazer Badkhan also used to
produce a scene under the name "Der eretz-yisrael yid,"
which used to end with a dance in a special way. He used
to tsupasn a por shtoltsn, wear a long robe, tie
a pillow to his belly, and in that attire he used to
finish with an ingenious dance.
Being a badkhan and klezmer,
Lazer used to bitern tropn, and in the last years
of his life, he received a just reward. In 1903 he
A. Kharik -- "Azer
sheynman der badkhn fun zembin, "Tsaytshriftn,"
Minsk, 1926, I, p. 264.