Born in 188.... in a village
near Sharivke, not far from Proskurov, Podolia, into a
Chasidic well-to-do family. He became an orphan in his
fifth year, and his pious grandfather was his first
rabbi, with whom he learned Chumash, Rashi, and later
Gemora. Until age seventeen, he was brought to Podolia,
where he learned with the best melamdim and also
studied general subjects in a gymnasium.
In 1912 the future writer A.
Beyzer found him in Proskurov, completing the two-class
Russian kreyz school and enared income from
giving lessons in Russian. He then heard there about a
legal worker's party, which had staged a strike.
In order to avoid military
service, he "gegnbet the borders" and went away
Here he became a teacher in
the Yiddish schools, and he had the opportunity to
translate and adapt children's stories for Engun, Bialik,
Berkowitz, Yehuda Steinberg et al., Hebrew writers, and
they published in "Kinder zhurnal (Children's Journal)",
where he also printed several plays for children.
S. had a number of chapters
from his memoirs published in "Amerikaner" under the
name "A yid fun podlia", and in other editions, and
strove to issue it in a book.