Moshe Menuhin

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Moshe Menuhin (1893-1983) was born Moshe Mnuchin in Gomel to a distinguished, religious Jewish family.[1] He was the great great grandson of Shneur Zalman of Liadi, the founder of Chabad Hassidism.[2] When the family moved to Palestine, Moshe was sent to Orthodox Jewish schools, first to Yeshivas in Jerusalem, then to the nationalistic Hebrew Gymnasia Herzlia in Jaffa - Tel Aviv.

In 1913 he came to the United States to complete his higher education, attending New York University where he studied mathematics, political science and education.

In late 1919 he and his wife Marutha (née Sher) became American citizens, and changed their surname to Menuhin.[3]

He later moved to California, where he worked as a Hebrew teacher. A committed anti-Zionist, he was the author of The Decadence of Judaism in Our Time and Jewish Critics of Zionism, and of the family history The Menuhin Saga.

Moshe Menuhin was the father of renowned violinist Yehudi Menuhin and pianists Hephzibah Menuhin Hauser and Yaltah Menuhin.


  1. ^ Inside cover to the Decadence of Judaism in our Time, second edition with postscript published by the institute of Palestinian Studies, Beirut 1969, by Moshe Menuhin
  2. ^ Review by Henry G. Fischer of The Menuhin Saga, by Moshe Menuhin, in The Link - Volume 17, Issue 5, Americans for Middle East Understanding December 1984, [1]
  3. ^ Jacqueline Kent, An Exacting Heart: The Story of Hephzibah Menuhin, p. 18

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