Born circa 1827 in Shidlovtze, Poland.
His parents were undoubtedly holy. After his marriage,
B. became a tutor, even when he had the ability to
create and sing songs and speak grammar; he cast off
being a melamed and became a badkhan
B. was so well-known that people used to
take him on each rabbinic wedding.
B. was known to mashkhilim and he
was an epicurus. Once they even caught him on the
Sabbath smoking a cigarette, and the rabbis issued an
edict that one may not take him to weddings.
At the same time Goldfaden came to Poland with his
troupe, and B. became friendly with Tsukerman and friends with the Schwartz Brothers Quartet, until he
went with the actors and began to act with them as the "taten"
in "Shmendrik", but he didn't completely
reject being a badkhan when he needed to play a
role, and so at times he was a badkhan, and at
times he was an actor.
B. also took his three sons onto the
stage, as well as a daughter. However when he grew tired
of the stage, he toured with a son across small towns
and villages and played the badkhan shtik and
Purimshpiele in the inns and taverns.
Around 1901 B. passed away in Warsaw's
B. left three children who acted on the
Yiddish stage, and one son, an orchestra conductor in a
Moscow governmental theatre.
M. E. from
Zalmen Zylbercweig -- Der tate a
barimter varsh. badkhan -- der zun a mshumd un
dirizhor in keyzerliben teater in moskve ("Unzer
ekspes", Warsaw, 162, 1928).