Born in 1859 in Konstantinov,
Volin Gubernia, as the third son of Chaim Lipe
Together with his brother
Avraham, he completed the rabbinical school in Zhitomir,
where he had, as well as his brother, excelled as a
In his younger years, G.
worked in his father's profession, in clock-making, but
when his brother founded in Odessa a Yiddish theatre, G.
joined the troupe and acted there for a certain time.
One of his best roles was as
"Hotsmakh" in "Di kishufmakherin".
Due to dissension with his
brother, G. performed outside of the troupe and founded
his own troupe, which also took the name "Goldfaden",
and performed his brother's plays, and also several
pieces that he had written by himself. As well G. later
no longer took up with the theatre, and those plays, and
all the material he had about his troupe -- became lost.
G. left the Yiddish stage
when the contamination by the Russian administration
began. He then went back to clock-making.
For six years, G. worked on
a clock, which had made him famous over the entirety of
Russia. For that clock, G. received a medal from
Nicholas II. Then G. had in the span of six months made
in miniature a copy of the Eiffel Tower.