R. was born in 1870 in
Bofala, Volin Gubernia. He learned to slaughter, but he
abandoned it, not being able to bear the blood.
Seeing the acting of
itinerant Yiddish troupes when he was very young, he
became excited, and he began to follow this up, doing
everything for them so that they may take it. After a
time on his own, he became an entrepreneur for a troupe,
earlier with Meyerson for several years across various
cities and villages in Russia, in which Veysblat had
performed (later famous as Michal Michalesko), Zelazo,
Fishelevitsh, due to the pogroms the troupe fell apart,
and among his choices, R. performed in Chasidic
clothing, and sang couplets during weddings and brises
in order to be the breadwinner of the family. He also
performed with his wife and his daughter Tillie (as
gypsies with a tambourine).
Later he put together a
different troupe with whom (together with his wife and
daughter) he performed in Bielotserkov Goldfaden's "Kishufmakherin".
Here he performed as a character-comic in the role of
In 1909 R. came with his
family to a krub in America. In New York he
performed on the weekends in the Yiddish vaudeville
houses and also for private simchas, and he
became sick and passed away on 25 November 1919.
M. E. from his
daughter Tillie Rabinowitz.