He was born in 1862 in Motele, near Pinsk, Poland.
His father was a prominent
patrician in the city, conducted a great deal of
He learned in a cheder, then
spent yearlong in Gemora and Puskim, learning for
himself and from a rabbi, at the same time taking up
with secular studies and manifesting especially an
ability for mathematics. After his marriage, he settled
with hardships in Krivoy-Rog, where he became an [eyzenkremer],
but he wasn't able to get used to living in the
community, and he went away around 1900 to Odessa, where
he was ready to graduate, and he entered into a circle
of the Odessa Yiddish writers and he went into social
work. In 1904-05 he became a teacher.
In 1903 he debuted in "Freynd"
with a [fareydishung] of Krilov's, a mashal, and
then he became one of the interesting Yiddish writers of
meshalim, journalism, popular scientific
articles, a translator of literary novels and researcher
of Yiddish philology.
During wartime M. remained
in Russia, experiencing hunger and goiter, and on 14
January 1917 he passed away from stomach cancer in
After his death, from
Yekaterinoslav's publishing house "Veysnshaft" came his
book "Meshulim", and in 1920 his operat "Khn unbya",
about which Zalmen Reyzen remarked that fragments of his
were earlier published in "Freynd", and in Avraham
Reyzen's "dos neye land", and that the book was
published from copies, because no original work remains.
A. I. Grodzenski noted [dem
hipkh]: the book was published thanks to the efforts of
M.'s friend Shapozhnikov, with whom M.'s [ktub-idn]
remains, and "after a tragedy: he had written an opera.
The first Yiddish original opera "Khn unbya", and his
entire life he searched for a Yiddish musical, for which
he should write the compositions and not find them (?),
because of the royalty for the composer..."
Z. Reyzen -- "Lexicon
of Yiddish Literature", Vol. II, pp. 482-91.
A. I. Grodzenski --
R' mrdkhi'le (khayim cherminski), "Tsukunft", N. Y.,
Nakhman Meyzel --
Tsum onderk a merkvirdiker perzenlekhkeyt, "Literarishe
bleter", Warsaw, 6, 1932.