L. was born on 8 April 1889
in Siemiatycze, near Brisk, Lithuania.
Great grandson of a Modzhitser rabbi, he learned in a
cheder with his father in the yeshiva of Novominsk
(today Minsk Mazowiecki -- ed.),
Lomza and in Rameyles class in Vilna. Afterwards he
became a cultured person.
From the age of fifteen he
became a part member and very often changed his party
membership. He studied in Bern and Geneva. He was for a
time a teacher in a folkshul.
Around 1918 he wrote his
first children's songs in Yiddish, which he sang in the
first Yiddish children's home in Poland. In 1920 he
founded in Warsaw the publishing house "Di tseyt" in
which he released several very important works, also
including works from this young Yiddish writer.
Since 1924, he traveled,
living in Paris, directing an illegal office(?) for
In the summer of 1939 he
returned to Warsaw, appeared to have fled
on foot during the outbreak of World War II, sick
physically and mentally and broken after wandering over ten
countries. He came in August 1942 to New York, where he
lived a lonely life and in need. He issued eight volumes
of "Ilustrirte yom-tov bleter" (1948-1951).