Aaron Zeitlin (1898-1973). Courtesy Voices Education.

Aaron Zeitlin (1898-1973) authored several books on Yiddish literature, poetry and parapsychology.


Zeitlin was born in Uvarovichi (now in Belarus), the son of the famous Jewish writer Hillel Zeitlin and Esther (Kunin),. He spent his formative years in Gomel and Vilna.

His literary abilities were apparent already in his youth when he contributed some articles to 2 Odessa-based children's journals, Perachim and Hashachar.

His first piece of literature Matatron appeared in Di yidishe velt (די ייִדישע װעלט "The Jewish World") in 1914, followed by many more articles published in many of the leading Jewish journals of that time.

In 1920, he and his brother Elchanan traveled to Palestine, and in 1921 they returned to Warsaw.

In March 1939, he was invitedby Yiddish Playwright Maurice Schwartz to come to New York, and lived there until his death.

His play Chelmer Chachomim had already opened to critical acclaim at the Yiddish Theatre in New York prior to his arrival, and he slowly became a fixture of the Yiddish scene.

For a time, he was also Professor of Hebrew literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, in New York.

He was close with other Yiddish literary giants of his day, including Isaac Bashevis Singer who wrote of the former "his greatest vice was literature, religious literature and anything and everything of intellectual value, he was a man possessing vast knowledge, a veritable spiritual giant".

Together with Sholom Secunda he wrote the famous Yiddish song Donna Donna.


  • Ha-meziut ha-aheret (The other Dimension). Tel Aviv: Yavneh, 1967.
  • Parapsychologia murchevet (Expanded Parapsychology). Tel Aviv: Yavneh, 1973.
  • Poems of the Holocaust and Poems of Faith [translated & edited by Morris Faierstein). iUniverse, 1-217 (122, emended), 2007.

See alsoEdit

Aaron Zeitlin. Monologue In Plain Yiddish

Aaron Zeitlin. Monologue In Plain Yiddish.

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