Menachem Mendel of Rimanov

Menachem Mendel of Rimanov
Menachem Mendel of Rimanov

Tombstone of Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Rimanov.
Main work Sifrei haRahak Rabbi Menachem Mendel me-Rymanów
Born 1745
Died May 29, 1815
Buried Rimanov
Dynasty Rimenov
Father Yosef Torim
Wife Rivke
Children Rabbi Nosson Leib, Rabbi Yisrael Yaakov of Vilkomir, Feige, Chana

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


Born in Neustadt, (Nowe Misto,[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 mystical support for Napoleon, whose wars he identified with the battles of Gog and Magog, associated with the advent of the Messianic Age.

Although based in Rimanov, Menachem Mendel's court, which attracted many scholars, had previously been in Fristik.[3] 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).


  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. "Frysztak - a Shtetl in Galicia". JewishGen. Retrieved March 10, 2013.

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