Nissan Neminov

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Nissan Nemanov
Born 1904
Zhlobin, Belarus
Died 1984 (aged 80–81)
Resting place Mount of Olives, Jerusalem, Israel
Residence Brunoy, France
Nationality Belarusian
Occupation Orthodox rabbi

Nissan Neminov (1904–1984), known familiarly as Reb Nissan, was a Belarusian Orthodox rabbi. Specifically, he served as a Mashpia, Hasidic mentor, in the Yeshiva of Tomchei Temimim in Brunoy, near Paris, France. He taught many thousands of students during his lifetime, and was renowned for his piety and abstinence. He was buried in the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, Israel.


Nemanov was born in Zhlobin in 1904. He studied in the Yeshiva of the fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Sholom Dov Ber Schneersohn (the Rebbe Rashab). The sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn (the Rebbe Rayatz) appointed him the Rosh Yeshiva and Mashpia in various Yeshivos in cities of Russia, and he was appointed at the head of struggles against the Soviet regime, who incarcerated him several times and tortured him for spreading Torah and delivering classes in Chassidus. In 1947 he reached Paris and established a large Yeshiva in Brunoy.

Refinement of character[edit]

He would pray at great length according to the custom of Chabad prayer. In Nemanov's thirties, the Rayatz testified that Nemanov had reached the level of Beinoni discussed in Tanya, one whose every thought, speech, and action is consistent with the Code of Jewish Law. Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson sent many of his followers to Nemanov to receive guidance in their divine service.

Distinguished Colleagues[edit]

When Rabbi Yisrael Abuchatzeira (also known as the Baba Sali) lived in France, he would spend the Hebrew month of Elul as Nemanov’s guest.