Robert Brym

University of Toronto

Robert Brym ([email protected]) is S.D. Clark Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is the author of The Jewish Intelligentsia and Russian Marxism: A Sociological Study of Intellectual Radicalism and Ideological Divergence (London: Macmillan, 1978), Soviet-Jewish Emigration and Soviet Nationality Policy, with Victor Zaslavsky (London: Macmillan, 1983) and The Jews of Moscow, Kiev and Minsk: Identity, Antisemitism, Emigration, with Rozalina Ryvkina (New York: New York University Press, 1993). Brym translated Yakov Leshchinsky’s The Jewish Worker in Russia (Bloomington IN: Slavica, Indiana University, 2018 [1906]) and The Economic Situation of the Jews in Poland (Bloomington IN: Slavica, Indiana University, forthcoming 2020 [1931]). He recently completed the 2018 Survey of Canadian Jews, with Keith Neuman and Rhonda Lenton (Toronto: Environics Institute, 2019), the first nationally representative survey of Jews in Canada, modeled on the 2013 Pew Survey of American Jews. For downloads of his published work, visit


Texts & Translation

בײַטאָג אױפֿן אַלטן מאַרק

A Day in the Old Market

Yakov Leshchinsky

Translation by Robert Brym

An Extract from Yakov Leshchinsky’s Di ekonomishe lage fun Yidn in Poyln.