This Day in Jewish History / The Founder of Modern Jewish Literature Is Born

Sholem Abramovich, a.k.a. Mendele Mokher Sfarim, drew on his experiences of poverty - and grew increasingly cynical.

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January 2, 1836, is the date of birth of the writer known as Mendele Mokher Sfarim, who is widely seen as the founder of both Hebrew and Yiddish modern literature.