Z. was born [according to
his gravestone -- 1826; according to the J. E. -- 1812;
according to Professor M. Weissberg -- 1819; according
to the Zbarzsh metric director Feierstein -- 1823] in
Zbarazsh, Eastern Galicia. His father was a pious
shokhet (ritual slaughterer) and scholar. Z.
received a traditional Jewish education. From childhood
on he manifested a great ability and an exceptional
sharfzin, and already as a youth could learn well.
Under the supervision of the Haskalah trends, which were
then entirely in the neighboring cities of Brody and
Tarnopol, Z. began to return to "trif-psul":
covertly reading Hebrew Haskalah books and snacked a
little on European culture.
In order to dismiss him as
an epicurus, Z.'s father farknst to eighteen or nineteen
years old. About his writing, A. Litwin: "Velvl was a
melamed in Zbarazsh, but he wasn't a simple melamed. He
taught Tenach to the children with Mendelzon's
explanation in the "Ashkenazi translation" (German
translation). In a Chasidic rabbi he hadn't praised, and
in the earlier times he used to make songs for him at
the rabbi's. Additionally, he wasn't pious and as a
independent person, a proud nature, he had not strongly
retained his audience. ... Finally the town hadn't been
known to bear with his epicurus, m'hot im farmsrt
baym rev", and later: "... Velvl married his wife,
as God and as a good and pious person [following] the
commandments. He took a Zbarzsh young woman, a pious
person, an obergloybishe and an umvisnde.
Even in his youth, he was captured by epicurus thoughts.
His wife could not