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Chana Robina as Leah'le in The Dybbuk; 1920s
Chana Robina, the original "First Lady of Hebrew Theatre" was born c
1890 in Berezin, Minsk district. her role as Leah'le, the young bride
who is possessed by a demon in The Dybbuk by S. Ansky, made her
famous. The Dybbuk, a seminal play in the history of Jewish theater,
played an important role in the development of Yiddish theatre and
theatre in Israel. The play was based on years of research by S.
Ansky, who travelled between Jewish shtetls in Russia and the Ukraine,
documenting folk beliefs and stories of the Hassidic Jews