Zechariah Mendel ben Aryeh Leib

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Zechariah Mendel ben Aryeh Leib (died 1791) (Hebrew: זכריה מנדל בן אריה ליב) was a Galician and German preacher and scholar born at Podhaice in the early part of the 18th century. He died at Frankfurt-on-the-Oder on December 20, 1791.

He was of the same family as Solomon Luria and Moses Isserles, who traced their genealogy to Rashi. Zechariah Mendel's principal teacher was Jacob Joshua, author of Pene Yehoshua. Zechariah Mendel was preacher in the Talmud Torah at Frankfurt-on-the-Oder. He left many writings, of which only the following three have been published (at Frankfort-on-the-Oder):

  • Menorat Zekaryah (1776), a work containing novellæ on the tractate Shabbat and homilies for the Sabbath and holy days
  • Zekaryah Meshullam (1779), a sequel to the preceding work, and containing novellæ on the Talmud
  • Zekaryah ha-Mebin (1791), a guide to religious philosophy and to the knowledge of the true Kabala.

Jewish Encyclopedia bibliography[edit]

  • Fuenn, Keneset Yisrael, p. 315;
  • Fürst, Bibl. Jud. iii. 305.


  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSinger, Isidore; et al., eds. (1901–1906). "Zechariah Mendel ben Aryeh Löb". The Jewish Encyclopedia. New York: Funk & Wagnalls.