Born on 21
July 1851 in Odessa, Ukraine, to well-to-do
parents. He attended the business school and at
the same time for five years learned Hebrew with
Peretz Smolenski At age seventeen, he went
away to Berlin to study architecture in a
politechnicum, but due to his uncle's bad
business, he couldn't complete his studies, and
in 1870 he returned to Odessa, where he took up
commerce and dedicated his free time to
Z. had in Sholem
Aleichem's "Yidishe folksbibliotek", published a
comedy device in one act "Nor a doktor", and as
such Sholem Aleichem had also a one-acter with
the same name, and because of this there was a
In M. Spektor's "Der
familien-fraynd", Warsaw, 1887, Z. printed "Der
medalion, an operetta in one act in two scenes
(freely adapted from the "Khutm-shdi" [a Hebrew
poem] by A. B. Gotlober)."
Z. had -- according
to Jacob Mestel -- left two
Z. in 1909 passed
away in Vienna detailed literature and almost an
entire presentation, although he had --
according to Zalmen Reyzen -- in the beginning
of the new epoch of Yiddish literature,
performed in it a certain role as one of her
honest and productive representatives.
from Jacob Mestel.
Z. Reyzen --
"Lexicon of Yiddish Literature", Vol. I, pp.
Book", N. Y., pp. 225-6.
R. Granovsky --
Yitzhak yoel linetsky, "Pinkas", N. Y, 1-2,