Born on 1 March 1894 in Teleneshty, Bessarabia. His
father was a Cabalist and bn-urin, gave him a
strong Chasidic education. At age sixteen, P. entered
into the Odessa yeshiva, which was under the direction
of Chaim Chernovitz (much younger) and was in the party
of the Hebrew circle in Odessa (Bialik, Rovnitsky,
Mendele et al). Under the pseudonym of Ben-Shrh, he
published Hebrew songs in "HaParachim" and "Muldt".
At the age of nineteen he
immigrated to Argentina, where he began, under the
energy of Pinye Katz and other Jewish radicals, printed
in "Di idishe tseytung", songs in Yiddish, which were
reprinted in the Yiddish newspaper of North America. In
1918 there was published in Buenos Aires his book of
songs "Tsvit", the first edition of a Yiddish poet in
At the end of 1921 he
immigrated back to Bessarabia and later settled in
Soviet Russia, where there was published his song
collection "Lider fun tog (Songs of Today)" (Kharkov --
Kiev, 1932), "Undzere kinder" (Minsk, 1933), "Dos lebn
un der toyt fun vilyam sven" (1935) et al.
In the 1930-31 season in
Kharkov's Yiddish State Theatre, there was staged his
three-act revue "Gedekte kortn, algemeyne kompozitsye
fun spektakl -- foreger; dance -- Kretov; scenery --
Riftin; direction -- Nuger and Zaslavsky; music --
In 1932, the Ukrainian state
publishing house of the national minority published his
one-act comedy "Git dem forhang" (Berdichev, 1932, 30
In 1937 P. wrote a play "Kolya",
which portrayed the socialistic iberdertsiung of
a young right-brekher.
On 31 March 1944 the Kiev
Yiddish State Theatre staged in Kokand, Uzbekistan P.'s
play "Ikh leb", under the direction of M. Goldblatt.
Zalmen Reyzen --
"Lexicon of Yiddish Literature", Vol. II, pp.
[Zalmen Zylbercweig] --
"Lexicon of Yiddish Theatre", Vol. II, p. 1348.
Y. Lyubamirsky -- "Melukhisher
yidisher teater in ukraine", Kharkov, 1931, pp.
N. Rubinstein -- "Dos
yidishe bukh in sovetnfarband in 1932", Minsk, 1933,