KINDERFREUND, ARYEH LEIB (1788–1837), Galician Haskalah poet. Born in Zamosc (Poland), the son of a well-to-do family, he received a broad Jewish and secular education. His family's fortunes declined, and he moved to Galicia and became a teacher. For a time he taught in Tarnopol, in the Hebrew school established by J. Perl\>\> ; later he moved to Jaroslaw, and finally to Brody. He published one collection of poems, Shirim Shonim (Lemberg, 1834), which includes occasional lyric poems and pastoral odes. He left in manuscript form a study of the Hebrew language (he attempted to prove that it is the mother of all tongues), in which he also deals with tonal poetic meter in Hebrew, in which he was a pioneer, using examples from his own works. -BIBLIOGRAPHY: Waxman, Literature, 3 (19602), 197f.; Kressel, Leksikon, 2 (1967), 754. (Getzel Kressel)

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

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