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Levin, Alter Isaac


LEVIN, ALTER ISAAC (pseudonym: Asaf ha-Levi, Ish Yerushalayim ; 1883–1933), Hebrew writer. Born in Russia, he immigrated to Palestine in 1891 and studied at religious schools in Jerusalem. He worked as an insurance broker but subsequently became enmeshed in financial difficulties and committed suicide. He was also an art collector. Encouraged by Israel Dov *Frumkin, Levin wrote poems and articles for *Ḥavaẓẓelet and other newspapers in Palestine. He published a collection of poems, Megillat Kedem le-Asaf ha-Levi Ish Yerushalayim (1920), and a booklet of folk songs, Shirei Am (1920).


D. Kimḥi, Massot Ketannot (1938), 80–86; Y.R. Feldmann (Rabbi Binyamin), Mishpeḥot Soferim (1960), 169–72; Haaretz (Sept. 28, 1934).

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