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He was born in Ljady (ru) (now in Dubroŭna Raion, Vitsebsk Voblast, Belarus (former "Lithuania", now Belarus) in 1862 to Mordechai Brainin the son of Azriel Brainin and had moved to Berlin by 1901. thumbnail At different times Brainin contributed to the periodicals Ha-Meliẓ, Ha-Toren, Ha-Ẓefirah, Ha-Maggid, and Ha-Shiloaḥ. In 1895 he issued a periodical under the title "Mi-Mizraḥ u-Mi-Ma-arab" (From East and West), of which only four numbers appeared.
Brainin was the author of several pamphlets, the most important of which were his sketch of Pereẓ Smolenskin's life and works (Warsaw, 1896); and a translation of M. Lazarus' essay on Jeremiah (Warsaw, 1897). He also wrote about one hundred biographical sketches of modern Jewish scholars and writers.
To "Aḥiasaf" Brainin contributed the following articles:
- "Ilane Sraḳ" (Barren Trees) (i. 32)
- "Bar Ḥalafta" (ii. 71)
- "Dappim Meḳuṭṭa'im" (Loose Leaves) (v. 120).
He also contributed to the same periodical the following biographical sketches:
- Moritz Lazarus (iv. 214)
- Rabbi Moritz Güdemann (iv. 219)
- Theodor Herzl (v. 222)
- Israel Zangwill (v. 233)
- Max Nordau (v. 247)
Jewish Encyclopedia bibliography
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Herman Rosenthal & I. George Dobsevage (1901–1906). "BRAININ, RUBEN". In Singer, Isidore; et al. Jewish Encyclopedia. New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.
- Simon Rawidowicz, BRAININ, RUBEN, Jüdisches Lexikon, Berlin 1927, vol. 1, col. 1134-1135
- Ha-Zfira, March 2, 1895
- Hirschfelder, M. (November 1901). "Zwei neue Lilien'sche Ex-libris". Ost und West. 1 (11): 823. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
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