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Rabbi Menachem Mendel Monsohn

March 26th, 2010 · 9 Comments

Baal Mepnimi HaRambam
d. 23 Elul, 1953 (5713) Isru Chag Shavuos
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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 azi // Mar 26, 2010 at 7:46 am

    They spelled Goan wrong.

  • 2 Farshlufen // Mar 26, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Hs signs as רב דביהכנ”ס עזרת ישראל
    where was this shuul located?

  • 3 Farshlufen // Mar 26, 2010 at 9:07 am

    He lived at 561 Gates Ave. in Bedford Stuyvesant.

  • 4 curios // Mar 26, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Why and when did he come from Eretz Yisroel to America?

  • 5 BB // Mar 26, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Any relation to Rebbe Yisroel Mensohn?
    http://kevarim.com/rebbe-yisroel-mensohn/

  • 6 YD Miller // Mar 26, 2010 at 11:29 am

    BB,
    As far as the research we were able to do back when Rebbe Yisroel Monsohn’s profile was on the table, the two of them are not related, the Rebbe Monsohn was a descendant from the Rizhiner and came from a well-known Galician Family of Philantropists.

    Farshlufen,
    His Sefer Mepnini Haramba”m which BTW is an intresting idea of gathering commentaries of the Ramba”m (Maimonidies) on the Torah, was printed first in tow small portions and later combined in one large piece, see
    http://www.hebrewbooks.org/33919

    It appears that he moved later on to 14 Cook St. in which is closer to Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY.

    As far as his biography, we know from his Matzieve that he was the son of R’ Abraham Leib Monsohn of Jeruslem, he also mentions that his FIL was R’ Chaim Zilberman.

    Rabbi Monsohn was a 4th generation Jeruslemnite, His Father Reb Avraham Lieb Monsohn was himself born in Jeruslem, to his father Reb Yoel Yosef Shimon Monsohn B”R Avraham Lieb (# 1) who was Niftar in Jeruslem in 1870.

    Bothe his father and Grand father were amongst the Religios pioneers of Jeruslem, see:
    http://www.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=36799&st=&pgnum=34

    And
    http://www.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=36687&st=&pgnum=33

    (there are photos of the two, when you go through the Biographies).
    The family ran a printing business in E. Yosroel.

  • 7 YD Miller // Mar 26, 2010 at 11:49 am

    After Gates Ave he lived on Cook St. in Brooklyn, which is closer to Williamsburg.

    He was a 4th generation Jerulemnite, his father and Grandfather were amongst the pioneers in the old settlement in Jeruslem, see

    http://www.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=36687&st=&pgnum=33&hilite=

    and
    http://www.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=36687&st=&pgnum=33&hilite=

    The family ran a printing business in E. Yisroel

    (BB,
    No conection to Rebbe Yisroel who was Galician).

  • 8 Ben Bee Zee // Mar 28, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    it has been already discussed on ivelt that they are not closely related. the Monsohn family was a huge family and one of them married the daughter of the Rizhiner.

  • 9 Dovid-Monish // Mar 18, 2011 at 6:26 am

    Reb Menachem-Mendl za”l was my maternal grandfather. Along with his brothers and sisters, he was born in Jerusalem. At age 18 he received smilkhe from Harav Kook. For a while he worked at the Monsohn Lithographic Press established in Jerusalem by his father, Reb Avrom-Leyb (II) and uncle, Reb Moyshe-Mordkhe. But he objected to the press’s printing of a calendar for one of the Jerusalem churches; and when printing started he stuck his hand into the press to stop the printing. As a result his hand was badly injured. In the 1920s, unable to find work as a rabbi in Jerusalem, he decided to emigrate to the U.S. He was appointed rabbi of a Brooklyn shul and a few years later brought his wife, Tshipe, and children (including my mother, Chaye Masha Gitl) to Brooklyn. He eked out a living, devoting most of his time to work on his Mipnine Harambam, which he printed himself. A new beautiful Hebrew edition was recently published in Jerusalem.
    Thanks so much for putting that excellent photo of my grandfather’s tombstone on the net. I now live in Jerusalem but was able to visit his gravesite last year while I was in NY.

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