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LEWINSOHN, JOSHUA:

Russian teacher and writer; born 1833 at Vyeshiuti, government of Kovno. He received his Talmudical education at Zhagory, in the house of his uncle Simon Hurvitz, and graduated in 1865 from the gymnasium at Mitau, remaining there until 1874, when he was appointed inspector of the Jewish school at Tukum, Courland. His first articles in Hebrew appeared in "Ha-Maggid" in 1857; and since then he has contributed extensively to that paper and to "Ha-Meliẓ," "Ha-Shaḥar," and other Hebrew periodicals. He was also for many years a contributor to the German "Rigasche Zeitung."

Lewinsohn has published: "Ereẓ Russia u-Melo'ah" (Wilna, 1868), a geography and topography of Russia, "Toledot Anshe Shem be-Yisrael," biographies of about fifty Jewish authors; and "Toledot Seḥar ha-Yehudim" (in "Ha-Shaḥar"), a history of Jewish commerce. He has likewise written numerous articles on Jewish history which have appeared in various periodicals.

Bibliography:
  • Sokolov, Sefer Zikkaron, p. 64.
H. R. J. G. L.
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