Tuesday, 18 July 2017


NOSN-MENAKHEM MANDEL (b. December 29, 1886)
            He was born in Cracow, Galicia.  He studied in religious elementary schools and until 1906 in yeshivas in Hungary.  In 1906 he made his way to Antwerp, Belgium, and there took up business.  When Hitler invaded Belgium, he fled and after wandering for a considerable period of time came (in 1942) to New York.  From then he contributed to: Tog (Day), Tog-morgn-zhurnal (Day-morning journal), Der id (The Jew), Mizrakhi-veg (The Mizrachi way), Di idishe vokh (The Jewish week), Hameor (The awakening), and Or hamizra (Light of the East)—in New York; Panim al panim (Face to face)—state of Israel; and others.  In book form he published: Hagada shel pesaḥ, yalkut natan (Passover Haggada, Natan’s collection), a collection of commentators, laws, and customs connected to the Passover seder (New York, 1947), 128 pp. in Yiddish and 32 pp. in English, with illustrations; Sefer rayonot natan al hatora (Volume of ideas given on the Torah), “Torah thoughts on each weekly portion of the Pentateuch” (New York, 1961), 288 pp., in Hebrew and Yiddish.  He was last living in Kew Gardens, New York.

Sources: N. Gordon, in Tog-morgn-zhurnal (New York) (February 24, 1954; January 4, 1962); A. L. Petshenik, in Mizrakhi-veg (New York) (Shevet-Adar [= January-March] 1954); Petshenik, in Or hamizra (New York) (Shevet [= December-January] 1961-1962); D. Perski, in Hadoar (New York) 3 (Adar א [= February-March] 1954); Dr. A. Rosmarin, in Hameor (New York) (Nisan [= March-April] 1955); Rosmarin, in Der id (New York) (March 26, 1954); M. Y. Hurvits, in Panim al panim (Israel) (Tamuz 9 [= June 23] 1961).
Khayim Leyb Fuks

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