Z. was born on 15 December
1891 in Amdur, Grodno Gubernia, Polish Lithuania. His
father was a teacher.
Until age fifteen he learned
in a cheder, in a yeshiva and Bet HaMedrash. Then he
became involved in the Worker's Movement. He received a
general education and became an actor.
In 1908 he debuted with a
song. In 1909 he settled in Warsaw, where he became
literarily active. During the World War he wandered off to
the Front. In 1916 he stopped in Grodno, and during the
German Occupation he developed a wide cultural activity
with his friend Leib Naidus. In 1919 he settled in
Warsaw and became an editorial member of "Moment".
Z. wrote reviews and theatre
notices in the Grodno "Unzer morgn" and "Unzer vinkl",
in Vilna's "Letste nays", and in Warsaw's "Di yudishe
tribune" and translated Strindberg's "Der foter (The
Father)" (publishing house "Di tsayt", Warsaw,
1922), performed through L. Sokolov in Gordin's "Dos rekht oyf libe
(publishing house "Unzer bukh", Warsaw, 1922), staged by
a Grodno troupe; Gogol's "Khasonim" (publishing house "Di
tsayt", Warsaw), and he wrote "Unter heymishe himlen, a
play in three acts (publishing house Kh. Bzhoza, Warsaw,
1926, p. 104, 16°), which on 3 December 1927 was staged
by the union "Horevanye" in Suwalki's state theatre.