Born in 1864 in Inikst,
Kovno Gubernia, Lita (Lithuania). Father -- a pious man,
a heymisher mechanic from a mill. Until the age
of nineteen he learned in cheders and Beit HaMedrashim
in the town and in the communities. As a response to the
"greater world", he fled to Vilna, where he learned for
a year in Rameiles' kloyz, a year in a Novogrod
Beit HaMedrash, then went way to Koenigsberg, where he
learned for six months in a local school and immigrated
to London, where he learned for nine months in an
English school, a year with a Hebrew teacher, and he
then became a buyer of flour and yeast.
M. became a member in the
National party "Krimh" and debuted with an article in
their Yiddish journal "The National Voice". In 1887 he
published songs in the journal "Di tsukunft". Here he
also met with the local Yiddish actors and took to
writing plays. His first play "Di yidishe kalogistn in
palestine, a national drama with songs in four acts"
(music by A. Z. Yarikhovski) was in 1890 staged in
Weincourt Hall (with Max Rosenthal, Jacob and Sonia
Katsman, Fanny Vaksman, JosephGoldstein and Adolf
Kempner) in a benefit performance for "Kadimah".
1892 -- immigrated to
America, and in 1893 in New York's Roumanian Opera House
there was staged his "Dos kin in vald, a melodrama in
four acts" (with Rudolf Marks, S. Tobias, Avraham
Yitzhak and Berta Tantsman, and Mary Wilensky).