Sh. was born in December 1871 in the village of
Machasterik, Braslav Kreyz, Podolsk.
His father was a rich
businessman of grain, lumber (forests), and guralnyes. His mother
was a free spirit, a poetic soul with extraordinary
capacities to sing and dance, tell jokes, anecdotes and
He learned in a cheder and
already at the age of thirteen or fourteen manifested a
desire for writing, at first in Hebrew, and a little
later in Yiddish.
At the age of twenty-two he
immigrated to America, the first four years he underwent
all "seven sections of Hell". He worked in a factory and
in his free time would write. At the age of thirty-two
he first debuted in David Pinski's "Abend blat"
with a monologue. From then on he participated in the
Yiddish periodical from America and in 1918 in the
publishing house of Max Meyzel in New York out of a collection of his skits and
stories known as "Veltn un tseyten".
Sh. often published in "Fraye
arbeter shtime (Free Worker's Voice)", where he
composed his translations of Heinrich Heine's "Oykhut",
his own one-acter "Children" (15 June 1923) and his
five-act drama "Vegen fun liebe" ((9 July to 27 August
Sh. passed away in New York.
"Lexicon of Yiddish
Literature", Vilna, 1929, Vol. IV, pp. 739-741.