"Lubny" (Russian, Ukranian)
"Lubny (Ukranian, Russian)" , "Luben (Yiddish)" , "Lubny (Polish)", Lubnie, Lubin
50° 01', Long: 33° 00'
Shalom Aleichem was a well-known Jewish writer and playwright, born in Poltava Gubernia, and who lived in Lubny for three years.
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Born Shalom Rabinovitz in Pereyaslav, Poltava Gubernia, Russian Empire (Ukraine), on 18 Feb 1859, he became a successful Yiddish writer. Because of his education and writing ability, he was elected to the post of Crown Rabbi of Lubny in 1880, holding that position until 1883. It was around this time that Sholem began writing articles and short stories for Jewish journals, wanting to become a professional writer. In time, he authored several Yiddish novels and plays, eventually getting involved in the Yiddish theater. He traveled to New York and participated in the Yiddish theater there, but returned to Europe after that, and then went back to New York again in 1914. He died in New York on 13 May 1916.
Sholem Aleichem's legacy as a successful writer and playwright has reached around the world, in many countries and languages. One of his notable achievements were his Tevye stories which were posthumously adapted into the hugely successful Fiddler on the Roof epic Jewish drama.
--Contributed by Gary Liss
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