The religious author Mendele Mocher died at the age of 81. Here is all you want to know, and more!
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One of the founders of modern Yiddish and Hebrew literature, he is known for The Wanderings of Benjamin III and other works. He wrote in both the Hebrew and Yiddish languages.
He was in his early teens when his father, Chaim Moyshe Broyde, passed away.