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Rav Menachem Mendel Kasher, (Torah Sheleima)

Hebrew: מנחם מנדל כשר, (Torah Sheleima)
Birthplace: Warsaw, Warszawa, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland
Death: November 03, 1983 (88)
Jerusalem, Israel
Immediate Family:

Son of Yitzchok Peretz Kasher and Paula Kasher
Husband of Private
Father of Moshe Shlomo Kasher; Private; Shimon Kasher; Private; Private and 1 other

Occupation: Israeli rabbi and prolific author who authored an encyclopedic work on the Torah entitled Torah Sheleimah.
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About Rav Menachem Mendel Kasher, (Torah Sheleima)


Menachem Mendel Kasher מנחם מנדל כשר (born 7 March 1895, died 3 November 1983) was a Polish-born Israeli rabbi and prolific author who authored an encyclopedic work on the Torah entitled Torah Sheleimah.

Early life

Kasher was born in 1895 in Warsaw, Poland (then part of the Russian Empire). His father was Rabbi Yitzhak Peretz. At the age of 19, he edited the periodical Degel Ha'Torah, the mouthpiece of the Polish branch of Agudath Israel.

In 1924, in response to a call from the Ger Rebbe, Rabbi Avraham Mordechai Alter, Kasher moved to Jerusalem, in Mandate Palestine, to establish the Sfas Emes Yeshiva in honour of the Rebbe's father, Yehudah Aryeh Leib Alter. He subsequently served as the rosh yeshiva of the yeshiva for its first two years. He later helped bring the Rebbe to Palestine about six months after the outbreak of World War II.

Torah Sheleimah

Kasher's major work, Torah Sheleimah ("The Complete Torah") is divided into two parts. The first part is the encyclopedia, the first work to publish all of the Written Law (the Pentateuch) and the Oral Teachings (Talmud and Midrashim) side by side. Kasher published from manuscript form several previously unknown midrashic works such as the Midrash Teiman. The latter part consists of the extensive annotations and addendum in which he uses his awareness of variant texts as well as his almost encyclopedic knowledge in all Jewish works to clarify many obscure points in the Talmud and the Rambam's commentary.

The first volume of Torah Sheleimah was published in Jerusalem in 1927 and included 352 entries to the first chapter of Bereishit. The 38th volume was still published in his lifetime (1983) and included Parshat Beha'alotcha.

The 39th volume was published posthumously by his son-in-law Dr. Rabbi Aaron Greenbaum and includes a short biography. The 40th volume includes an expanded biography and full list of his works.

To date, 45 volumes have been printed covering the first 4 chumashim (books of the Pentateuch). Other activities

He was the driving force behind the 25 Torah journal "Noam", and wrote many of the articles. His son Moshe edited its 25 volumes which appeared between 1958 and 1984.

Another work, Gemara Shelemah, which was to have discussed and compared variant texts of the Talmud was never completed except for Tractate Pesachim.

About מנחם מנדל כשר, (Torah Sheleima) (עברית)

ויקיפדיה: הרב מנחם מנדל כשר (7 במרץ 1895, י"א באדר ה'תרנ"ה - 3 בנובמבר 1983, כ"ז בחשון ה'תשמ"ד) היה תלמיד חכם וראש ישיבה שחיבר מעל 30 ספרים בנושאים תורניים, בהם יצירתו המקיפה "תורה שלמה". עסק רבות בתורת הרוגצ'ובר, הוציא רבים מכתביו לאור ופרסם את הספר "מפענח צפונות" שנועד לפרש את יצירתו של הרוגצ'ובר - צפנת פענח (על הרמב"ם) וצפנת פענח (שאלות ותשובות). י

זכה בפרס ישראל לספרות תורנית (1963) ובפרס הרב קוק (1944). בעל תואר דוקטור לשם כבוד מישיבה יוניברסיטי. השתייך לחסידות גור

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Rav Menachem Mendel Kasher, (Torah Sheleima)'s Timeline

March 7, 1895
Warsaw, Warszawa, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland
November 3, 1983
Age 88
Jerusalem, Israel