G. was born in 1866 in Minsk, White Russia, into a rich
Orthodox family of merchants and manufacturers.
He received a Jewish
education through a teacher in his home, attending the
local gymnasium and debuting with correspondences in "Hmgid".
After completing the
university, G. began (since 1892) to publish in "Voskhod"
critical notices and articles. Dediccating himself to
the job of being a critic, G. had in 1901 together with
Peetz Marek issued a collection "Yiddish folkslider in
rusland (Yiddish Folksongs in Russia)" (publisher "Voskhod",
Pt"b, 1901, pp. XXX + 329 + XIV). The collection
contains 376 numbers from Lithuania), Kurland, Poltava
and Podolia regions. The texts from the songs were
published with Yiddish and Latin [utyut], and begins
with the detailed cultural historical articles in
Russian about the Yiddish folk songs with a
bibliographical remarks and at the end of the collection
is found a bibliographical list of Shmuel Weiner.
In January 1903 G. had,
together with Shabtai Rapoport, founded the first
Yiddish daily newspaper in Russia "Der freynd".
Among his critical
monographical works one finds several articles about
Yiddish theatre, such as "Ver iz shuldik in dem
34-yorkin farbot fun yidishn teater in rusland?" ("Tsukunft"