R' Meshullam Zusia of Annipol

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Meshullam Zusia Lipman, ר' זושא מהאניפאלי

Hebrew: משולם זוסיא אווערבוך (וויסבלום), רבי זושא מהאניפאלי
Also Known As: "Meshullam Zusia Waisblum", "הצה"ק רבי ר' זושא מהאניפאלי זי"ע", "Reb Zusya", "Zusha", "Zusia of Hanipol", "Meshulem Zusya Lipman", "Rabbi Meshulam Zisha of Anipoli", "Der Rebbe Zishe", "Reb Meshulam Zushya of Anipoli Weisblum", "Sucha of Anipolu Lipman", "Reb Meshulam Zushya Waisblum", "M"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Tarnow, Lesser Poland, Poland
Death: Died in Annopol, Khmel'nyts'ka oblast, Ukraine
Cause of death: נפ' ב' שבט תק"ס
Place of Burial: Hanipol, Poland
Immediate Family:

Son of R' Eliezer Lipa Lipman ("Noam Elimelech's" father) and Mirel Mirish Lipman Lipman
Husband of (First wife) Averbuch and Hendel Averbuch
Father of Meshulam Zusya of Safed Weisblum; ? Anipoli; Rabbi Hersh Mendel of Anipoli and R' Yisroel Avrum Auerbach
Brother of R' Elimelech of Lizhensk; ? ?; R' Nusen Lipman; Orbach; Avraham Weisblum and 2 others

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About R' Meshullam Zusia of Annipol

Rabbi Meshulam Zusha of Hanipol or Meshulum Zusil of Anipoli (1718–1800), Reb Zusha, Reb Zushe (sometimes spelled Zusil, Zoussia, Zušya, Zushya, Zushia, Zisha of Anipoli[ ) was an Orthodox rabbi and an early Hasidic luminary. He was one of the great Hassidic Rebbes of the third generation and member of the academy circle of the Maggid of Mezeritch. He was a well known tzaddik and the brother of Rebbe Elimelech of Lizhensk.

Rabbi Elimelech was about 5 years older than Rabbi Meshulam Zusha. 
Both of them were born in the city of Tarnów - Galicia, to Reb Eliezer Lipa(e), who was the son of the great Torah scholar Rabbi Elimelech (whom Rebbe Elimelech of Lizhensk was named after). Rabbi Meshulam Zusha was named after the father of his mother, also a great Torah scholar.

Both Rabbi Zusha of Hanipol and Rabbi Elimelech of Lizhensk were prominent disciples of the holy Maggid of Mezeritch, part of his inner circle of students, known as the Chevraya Kadisha ("Holy Brotherhood") together with other great Tzaddikim such as Rabbi Nachum of Czernobyl, Rabbi Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev, Rabbi Aharon (HaGadol) of Karlin, Rabbi Shmuel (Shmelke) of Nikolsburg Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Vitebsk, and Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi- founder of ChaBaD Chassidism.


He was known for his deep emotional approach towards prayer and his great piety.
Rabbi Zusha of Hanipol was one of the two Tzaddikim, together with the holy Reb Leib HaKohen, whom the Alter Rebbe of ChaBaD Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi consulted with before printing his magnum opus The Book of Tanya in 1797. Both gave their approval.
His Yartzeit is on 2 Shvat. His final resting place is beside the grave of his master and teacher,the holy Maggid of Mezeritch in Hanipol.


Rebbe Zusha was succeeded by his son Rabbi Tzvi Menachem Mendel

Rabbi Meshulam Zusha of Hanipol (Anipoli), Reb Zusha (1718-1800) was an Orthodox rabbi and one of the great Hassidic Rebbes of the third generation. He was a well known tzaddik and the brother of Rebbe Elimelech of Lizhensk. Rabbi Elimelech was at about 5 years older than Rabbi Meshulam Zusha.

Both of them were born in the city of Tarnów , Galicia to Reb Eliezer Lipa(e), who was the son of the great Torah scholar Rabbi Elimelech (whom Rebbe Elimelech of Lizhensk was named after).

Rabbi Meshulam Zusha was named after the father of his mother, also a great Torah scholar.

Both Rabbi Zusha of Hanipol and Rabbi Elimelech of Lizhensk were prominent disciples of the holy Maggid of Mezeritch, part of his inner circle of students, known as the Chevraia Kadisha ("Holy Brotherhood") together with other great Tzaddikim such as

Rabbi Nachum of Czernobyl, Rabbi Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev, Rabbi Aharon (HaGadol) of Karlin, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Vitebsk, and Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi- founder of ChaBaD Chassidus.

He was known for his deep emotional approach towards prayer and his great piety.

Rabbi Zusha of Hanipol was one of the two Tzaddikim, together with the holy Reb Leib HaKohen, whom the Alter Rebbe of ChaBaD Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi consulted with before printing his magnum opus The Book of Tanya in 1797. Both gave their approval.

His Yartzeit is on 2 Shvat. His final resting place is beside the grave of his master and teacher,the holy Maggid of Mezeritch in Hanipol.

Rebbe Zusha was succeeded by his son Rabbi Tzvi Menachem Mendel.

Story

The students of Reb Zusya, hearing that their teacher was about to die, came to pay him one last visit. But entering the room, they were surprised to see him trembling with fear.

“Why are you afraid of death?” they asked. “In your life, have you not been as righteous as Moses himself?”

“When I stand before the throne of judgment,” Zusya answered, “ I will not be asked, ‘Reb Zusya, why were you not like Moses?’ I will be asked , ‘Reb Zusya, why were you not like Zusya?”

Story:

A student of the great Rabbi Zusya of Anipoli came to the Hassidic master and asked him why G-d allowed atheism to flourish. Worse, why the Almighty created a world that lent credibility to atheistic claims.

“You must know, my child,” answered Rabbi Zusya, “that atheism and agnosticism are two of the most important doctrines in the world. Imagine if people were absolutely sure that G-d existed. They would see a hungry man in the street, but would not feed him. They would say, ‘Don’t worry, G-d will provide. He will not allow the man to go hungry.’ Then they would witness the orphan going naked, but they would not clothe him. Again, they would say, ‘Don’t worry, there is a G-d. And He would never allow an orphan to go unfed.’

But since we all sometimes question the existence of G-d, when we see another human being in need, we run to help, because we may be the only ones to assist him. G-d lives through us.

Story:

Rabbi Meshulam Zusya of Anipoli zt”l used to say he learned seven things from a thief:

1) He works quietly and stealthily without others knowing. 2) He is ready to place himself in danger to attain his goals. 3) He pays great attention to even the smallest detail. 4) He puts all his energy into his work. 5) Alertness. 6) He is confident and optimistic. 7) If he does not succeed at first, he keeps trying and never gives up.

Parents:

Before Rabbi Zusha and his brother Rabbi Elimelech were born, their parents were childless for 10 years. Both their parents descended from Torah scholars, but because they became orphans at a very early age, both remained unlearned, simple but G-d-fearing Jews. The father was a water-carrier. Although he could have become a merchant, he preferred to live by the toil of his own hands. At first he had some rich customers, but then he exchanged them with another water-carrier in order to be able to supply the local Synagogues with water. This meant a financial loss for him and he became poor.

But as a reward for his good deed G-d blessed Reb Eliezer Lipa(e) and his wife, who always readily supported her husband, with two sons, later to become great Tzaddikim. At first the children were physically weak and although Reb Eliezer Lipa(e) and his wife hired the best Torah teachers to teach them, they weren't making much progress. That grieved the parents, so they increased their prayers to G-d, often fasted and gave their meals to poor people as Tzedakah.

G-d answered their sincere prayers and when the boys expressed their desire to go to an Yeshiva to continue their studies, they readily agreed. After their parents sent their sons to an yeshiva in another city, they took two poor Torah-students from Tarnow in their house in order to take care of them and support their studies. Reb Eliezer continued to earn his living as a water-carrier.

One Friday he found a fish by the river and brought it home and as his wife was preparig the fish to be eaten on Shabbat, she found a precious stone in its stomach. She and her husband, knowing about a similar story which occurred centuries earlier with a Jew in France named Yitzhak, later to become the father of Rashi, they were upset that this could be a test from Heaven and decided not to change their live-style, to sell the stone (after consulting the local Rabbi in order to be sure that they are permitted according to Halakha to keep the stone) and to distribute the money for Tzedakah, thus remaining poor.

Soon good news came- their older son, Rabbi Elimelech had married the daughter of a wealthy man, who was ready to support his Torah study and both Rabbi Elimelech and Rabbi Zusha were making great progress and had become scholars.

Strange enough afterwards Reb Eliezer Lipa(e) found another treasure by the river, but once again he and his wife decided to give the gold coins he found as a Tzedakah. Some time later a wealthy relative of Reb Eliezer passed away and Reb Eliezer and his wife inherited his estate thus becoming wealthy themselves. By this time their sons had become both prominent Tzaddikim and great scholars. Reb Eliezer Lipa(e) and his wife lived many long and happy years continuing to support poor Jews and Torah scholars until the end of their days.

Various stories are being told about the long journeys of the two brothers Rabbi Zusha and Rabbi Elimelech. Rabbi Noach of Kobryn once heard, that Chassidus managed to spread only in those areas through which the both travelled. "Where Rabbi Zusha and Rabbi Elimelech haven't been, there are no chassidim."

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About R' Meshullam Zusia of Annipol (עברית)

רבי משולם זוסיה (זושה) מאניפולי

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R' Meshullam Zusia of Annipol's Timeline

1718
1718
Tarnow, Lesser Poland, Poland
1772
1772
Age 54
1800
January 28, 1800
Age 82
Annopol, Khmel'nyts'ka oblast, Ukraine
January 1800
Age 82
Hanipol, Poland
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