Menachem Mendel of Rimanov

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Menachem Mendel of Rimanov
Rimanov headstone.jpg
Tombstone of Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Rimanov.
TitleMenachem Mendel of Rimanov
Personal
Born1745
DiedMay 29, 1815
ReligionJudaism
SpouseRivke
ChildrenRabbi Nosson Leib, Rabbi Yisrael Yaakov of Bilyi Kamin, Feige, Chana
Parents
  • Yosef Torim (father)
Main workSifrei haRahak Rabbi Menachem Mendel me-Rymanów
DynastyRimenov

Menachem Mendel Torem of Rimanov (Alt. spellings: Riminev,[1] Rimanev)[2] (1745–May 29, 1815)[3] was a famous Hasidic Rebbe one of the first five distributors of the Hasidic movement in Poland.[4]

Biography[edit]

Born in Neustadt (Nowy Korczyn),[5] Torem 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 Tzvi Elimelech Spira of Dinov.

Activity[edit]

As one of the five principal disciples of Elimelech of Lizhensk, Torem 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.[6]

Although based in Rimanov, Torem's court, which attracted many scholars, had previously been in Fristik.[7] 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 Yaakov Yitzchak of Lublin, the Yisroel Hopstein, Avraham Yehoshua Heshel of Opatow and Klonimus Kalman Epstein ("Maor Vashemesh") of Cracow.

Torem 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.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rabbi Naftali of Ropshitz". Mendel of Riminev
  2. ^ "Tarnow, Poland (Pages 201-231)". JewishGen. Menachem Mendel ... of Rimanev
  3. ^ "Today's Yahrtzeits & History - 19 Iyar". Matzav. May 3, 2010. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
  4. ^ Together with Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchak of Lublin, Rabbi Yisrael Hopstein and Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Heshel.
  5. ^ Rymanower, Menahem Mendel. The Torah discourses of the Holy Tzaddik Reb Menachem Mendel of Rimanov, 1745-1815. p. 7. ISBN 0-88125-540-8.
  6. ^ "The Attempt to Turn Napoleon into Gog and Magog". Archived from the original on 2014-01-21.
  7. ^ "Frysztak - a Shtetl in Galicia". JewishGen. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
  8. ^ "סגולה לומר היום את פרשת המן? ספק רב".

Meorei Galicia: Encyclopedia of Galician Sages by rabbi Meir Wunder