Shaffir, Moshe, 1909-1988

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Shaffir, Moshe, 1909-1988

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  • Moshe Mordechai Shaffir
  • Moshe Mordechai Schachter
  • M.M. Shaffir
  • M.M. Schachter

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Writer and teacher Moshe Mordechai (M. M.) Shaffir was born with the surname Schachter in 1909 in Suceava, Romania (in a region known as Bukovina). He was one of eight children, and his father was a cantor and butcher. He came to Canada in 1929 and first landed in Halifax before settling in Montreal. He worked for some time as a factory worker before he began writing and teaching. From 1943, he taught at the Peretz School and the the Jewish People's Schools and Peretz Schools, as well as at the Jewish Teacher's Seminary until his retirement in 1981. He was a prolific poet, having published sixteen books of poetry, and his poetry and essays appeared in various newspapers and literary journals. His writing touched themes of nostalgia and remembrance, as well as a longing for a better world free from suffering and cruel existence.

He married Sarah Rudnitsky in 1945, and together they had three children, William, Rivka, and Chava. He passed away in 1988.


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