Eliezer Steinbarg

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Eliezer Steinbarg (Yiddish: אֱליעזֶר שטיינבארג Eliezer Shteynbarg;[1] 2 March 1880 – 27 March 1932) was a Yiddish-school teacher and Yiddish poetic fabulist.

He was born in Lipcani, Bessarabia and became a teacher in Bessarabia and Volhynia. In 1902 he became a poet in Yiddish, but did not have his works published until after his death.[2] He taught Yiddish and Hebrew, wrote and directed children's plays and was an editor of Kultur, a Yiddish arts journal. He became a notable figure in the Yiddish culture of Romania, and his works were widely recited.[3]

His first published work Mesholim, a book of fables, did not appear until shortly after his death, when it became a bestseller.[4] Selected works of Eliezer Steinbarg can be found in the bilingual The Jewish Book of Fables (2003), translated by Curt Leviant.[3] He lies buried in the Jewish cemetery in Chernivtsi. The Eliezer Steinbarg Jewish Cultural Society in Chernivtsi is named after him.[5]


  1. ^ "YIVO | Shteynbarg, Eliezer". Yivoencyclopedia.org. Retrieved 4 June 2022.
  2. ^ Kramer, Aaron (1989). A Century of Yiddish poetry. Cornwall Books. p. 113. ISBN 0-8453-4815-9.
  3. ^ a b Steinbarg, Eliezer (2003). The Jewish book of fables. Curt Leviant (trans.). Syracuse University Press. pp. xii–xiii. ISBN 0-8156-0718-0. Retrieved 2011-05-16.
  4. ^ Zuckerman, Yitzhak; Harshav, Barbara (1993). A surplus of memory: chronicle of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. University of California Press. p. 65. ISBN 0-520-07841-1.
  5. ^ Harding, Sue Ann (2001). "The Jews of Chernivtsi". Shtetlinks.jewishgen.org. JewishGen, Inc. Retrieved 2011-05-16.

Further reading[edit]

  • "Eliezer Steinbarg". Der Yiddish-Vinkl, a weekly briefing on the mother tongue. Forward Association, Inc. January 3, 2003.
  • Udel-Lambert, Miriam (Fall 2006). "The Fables of Eliezer Shteynbarg and the Modernist Relocation of Ethics". Prooftexts. Indiana University Press. 26 (3): 375–404. doi:10.2979/PFT.2006.26.3.375. JSTOR 10. S2CID 162243322.

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