BD’E – Harav Menachem Mendel Schneebalg, Zt”l, Rav of Khal Machzikei Hadas of Manchester, England

Harav Menachem Mendel Schneebalg, zt”l. (Photos by Lawrence Purcell)

Hamodia is saddened to report the petirah of Harav Menachem Mendel Schneebalg, zt”l, the Rav of Khal Machzikei Hadas of Manchester, England on Acharon Shel Pesach. He was 100 years old.

The Rav was born in Gartarn, Romania in 1921. His father, Harav Dovid Tzvi, served as the Rosh Yeshiva in Grosswardein (Oradea) and later as a dayan in Machzikei Hadas of Manchester. He learned under Harav Eliezer Hager of Visnitz, the Damesek Eliezer, in his youth.

He became the Rav of Khal Damesek Eliezer in the Prestwich area of Manchester in 1958. After his father left to Eretz Yisrael in 1966, he took over his father’s position as dayan, and later became Rav of Machzikei Hadas in Salford and eventually assumed the position of Mara D’Asra of the Machzikei Hadas Kehillah. He became  For many decades, he led his kehillah with true dedication.

He published Shu”t Divrei Ani, where he recorded his responsa to the shailos which were sent to him from around the globe.

He leaves behind an illustrious family, sons and daughters and many descendants. His children include ybl”c Harav Moshe Yehudah Leizer Shlomo, Chernovitzher Rebbe of Williamsburg; Rav Chaim Feivel Schneebalg, Rav of Khal Avrechim in Monsey; Rav Yisrael Shneebalg, Rav of Khal Bolchov in Boro Park; Rav Yitzchok Eizik Shneebalg, Rav of Machnovka-Belz in Williamsburg; Rav Pinchas Shneebalg, Rosh Yeshiva of Vizhnitz in London; and his daughters, the wives of the Stropkover Rebbe and Rav Chaim Halpern.

The levayah took place in London on Motzaei Yom Tov, and his aron was flown to Eretz Yisroel for kevurah in Yerushalayim.

Yehi zichro baruch.

Rav Scneebalg with ybl”c Dayan Gavriel Krausz, shlita.

Rav Schneebalg at annual Siyum Hashas at Khal Machzikei Hadas.
Rav Schneebalg and ybl”c the Viznitzer Rebbe Harav Yisrael Hager, shlita,, in Manchester in 2016.
Rav Schneebalg writes the final letters in a Sefer Torah in 2010.
Harav Ezriel Rosenbaum, shlita, of Gateshead Yeshiva greeting Rav Schneebalg in 2016.

Rav Schneebalg handing out Chanucah gelt in 2010.
Rav Schneebalg kneading the dough for the matzos in 2011.
Rav Schneebalg at Bnos Yisroel dinner in 2011.
Rav Schneebalg and ybl”c Rabbi Leibish Rabinowitz, the Rav of the shul, in 2019.
Rav Schneebalg reciting tashlich at Clowes Park Lake in 2015.
Rav Schneebalg at his home for Siyum Hashas in 2015.
Rav Schneebalg in 2013.
Rav Schneebalg at anniversary Daf Hayomi in 2015.
At the forshpiel for his einikle.


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