In 1882, at the time of the anti-Semitic riots in Russia, Braudes plunged into the Zionist movement and became one of its foremost advocates. To foster this idea he went to Romania, and began the publication at Bucharest of "Yehudit", a weekly in Yiddish. At the end of two years, however, Braudes was expelled from the country.
In 1891 he went to Cracow, Galicia, and started a weekly in Hebrew, "The Time". This paper existed for nine months, when, for lack of funds, its publication was suspended.