that, he became a
prompter in the Yiddish Vaudeville theatre in the
"Metropolitan Music Hall." In 1908 he became an employee
at the daily paper "Forshteher [Representative]" in St.
Louis. After that he became its editor, and a short time
after that he left for Chicago, where he became a member
of the "Yidishe arbeter velt," where he published
sketches and stories (tales). After that he became labor
editor of "Di teglikhe velt," a sketch writer and
theatre critic for "Der yidisher rekord," and finally
labor editor for "Der yidisher kurier," where he also
reported on theatre news. In 1926 he also published a
larger piece of work in the "Yidishe Arbeter Velt."
("Secrets of a Pencil," in more than twenty
R. used to take part as
speaker and organizer for several charity organizations.
Still in 1895, as president of a drama club, he wrote
for them two one-act plays, which were staged. According
to Z. Reyzen there was staged in 1903 his play, "Hirshl
Leckert." In 1917 there was staged his play, "Di zindike
neshome," with Berta Kalich and Morris Moskowitz on
March 5 in Gertner’s Pavilion Theatre in Chicago, and
"Di naye velt," staged by J.P. Adler in the "Grand
Theatre"; in 1918 in Chicago there was staged at the
"Empire Theatre" by the Germans his play, "Dos milkhome
kind," which was also staged by Blank in Cleveland and
by Jacob Kalich and Diane Feinman in Boston. According
to Kalmen Marmor R.’s plays, "Yidisher velt khurbn" and
"Tekhter fun ukrayne," were staged in 1919.
On the December 5, 1924 there was staged by Jacob
Silbert at the Rose Silbert Theatre [later the
"Hopkinson Theatre"] in Brownsville R.’s motion picture.
"A grus fun der heym" (music by H. Zolik). When Boris
Thomashevsky staged in February of 1927 his operetta
"Bar Mitzvah," R. sued him and accused him of
plagiarizing his play, "A grus fun der heym," which was
staged by Thomashevsky one year earlier in Toronto, as
well as "Fargesene froyen" with R. as the writer.
Furthermore R. has written the following pieces: "Libes
flamen," "Kluge naronim," "Ir eyntsike shvester," "Der
yidisher tsigayner," "Zayn vaybs tokhter," "Zaynen froyn
shuldik?", "Libe un biznes," "Tserisene hertser," and
"Kunst un libe," Der eybiker kamf," and "Leymene
mentshn," in two acts, with a prologue as well as
twenty-eight sketches, of which "Sha, sha, der Rebbe
gayt" was staged with great success. In his last years
R. was employed as a publicity and organization
administrator in the office of the American Jewish
Congress in Chicago, where he passed away on August 27,
Sh. E. and M. E.
Sh. E. from
Zalmen Reyzen – "Lexicon of Yiddish Literature,"
Volume IV, pp. 386-387.
Uziel Fleischman – "A grus fun der heym," "Tog,"
N.Y., Dec. 12, 1924.
Mikhl Aronson – "A grus fun der heym", "Yidishe
bleter," N.Y., Dec. 19, 1924.
Z. Libin – Vos ez makht erfolg in Bronsviller
teater, "Forverts," N.Y., Dec. 22, 1924.
[-] – Yidisher dramaturg klogt on Boris Tomashevsky,
dort March 25, 1927.