Menachem Mendel of Rimanov

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Menachem Mendel of Rimanov
Menachem Mendel of Rimanov
Rimanov headstone.jpg
Tombstone of Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Rimanov.
Main workSifrei haRahak Rabbi Menachem Mendel me-Rymanów
Nowe Miasto (Neustadt)
DiedMay 29, 1815
BuriedRymanów, Poland
FatherYosef Torim
ChildrenRabbi Nosson Leib, Rabbi Yisrael Yaakov of Vilkomir, Feige, Chana

Menachem Mendel of Rimanov (1745–May 29, 1815)[1] was a Hasidic Rebbe and author from Poland.


Born in Neustadt (Nowe Miasto),[2] he was introduced to Hasidut at the age of 11 when he met Dov Ber of Mezeritch. He was taught by Elimelech of Lizhensk and Shmelke of Nikolsburg, and was the teacher of Naftali Zvi of Ropshitz and Rabbi Tzvi Elimelech Spira of Dinov.

As one of the five principal disciples of Elimelech of Lizhensk, he was an important Hasidic leader in Poland. He is known for his asceticism and for his mystical support for Napoleon, whose wars he attempted to use to bring the Messiah.[3]

Although based in Rimanov, Menachem Mendel's court, which attracted many scholars, had previously been in Fristik.[4] His writings and sermons were posthumously published, notably Sifrei haRahak Rabbi Menachem Mendel me-Rymanów. Others included the works Divrei Menachem, Menachem Tzion, and Be'erot HaMayin.

His colleagues included the Chozeh (seer) of Lublin, The Maggid of Koshnitz, Rav Avraham Yehoshua Heschel of Opatow and the Maor Vashemesh (Rav Kalonymus Kalman Halevi Epstein of Cracow).

He is popularly believed to have introduced the segulah for parnassah (sustenance), of reciting Parashas Hamonn in form of Shnayim Mikrah v'Echod Targum, annually on the Tuesday of Parashas Beshalach but this attribution is uncertain.[5] Another popular Hasidic Segulah is to light candles in his honor.


  1. ^ "Today's Yahrtzeits & History - 19 Iyar". Matzav. May 3, 2010. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
  2. ^ Rymanower, Menahem Mendel. The Torah discourses of the Holy Tzaddik Reb Menachem Mendel of Rimanov, 1745-1815. p. 7. ISBN 0-88125-540-8.
  3. ^ "The Attempt to Turn Napoleon into Gog and Magog".
  4. ^ "Frysztak - a Shtetl in Galicia". JewishGen. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
  5. ^ "סגולה לומר היום את פרשת המן? ספק רב".

Meorei Galicia: Encyclopedia of Galician Sages by rabbi Meir Wunder