Born in Michalovtze, Hungary. Successor
and student of Hersh Leib Sigeter. Composed several
novels and story-scenes in Yiddish; also published ten
booklets with songs, to which he by himself created
As a professional badkhan, V.
produced, for simchas and weddings, songs adapted
according to the time, on political-social themes. Most
of the time his songs were galik, treflekh
specifically. These songs were sung by him alone. His
motifs were mostly melancholy, and were very popular
among the Jewish artisans and peasants in the
For Purim and Simchas Torah V. created
couplets, one-acters and farces, many with humor and
V. also wrote for the stage, even plays
for the traditional Purim players troupes, with whom he
managed since 1900, partnering with a Munkacs resident,
R' Kalmen Shuster [endearingly named R' Kalmen Purim],
and also performed there.
V. is not a great grammarian on the
oysgehaltnkeyt of the language. He is however very
folksy. From 1925-7 V. edited and published the humorous
weekly "Der munkatsher humorist", which was very
popular, but later was driven out of the market by the
other Yiddish periodic journals.
V. published a play with Lateiner's
script, and "Der munkatsh belzer khrm" [,] original and
very humorous in four acts for a Purimshpiele and family
entertainment [,] composed by Asher Zelig Vays, Pustakoz
1, [keyn druk-yor nit ongebegn, nor, according the
content is evident, that around 1927, 20 pp., 16°].
S. Y. Dorzon -- Der
yikhus fun yidish in karpatn-rus, "Literarishe
bleter", Warsaw, 35, 1929.