Shimshon Kalonymus Kalman

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Shimshon Kalonymus Kalman

Also Known As: "Shimon Colonomus"
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Son of Chanania Cohen
Husband of Osnat Kalonymus Kalman
Father of R' Meir Simcha Ha-Kohen of Dvinsk "Or Sameyach" and Chananiah Cohn

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About Shimshon Kalonymus Kalman

Reb Meir Simcha was born in Baltrimantz in 5603. His father, Reb Shimshon Klonimous, was an outstanding talmid chacham who was very wealthy. Reb Shimon Klonimous was also known for his hospitality, and his home was a meeting place for talmidei chachamim.

One of the talmidei chachamim whom he had hosted for a lengthy period was Rav Meir of Tiktin, the Maharam. Out of gratitude for Rav Shimshon’s kindness, Rav Meir of Tiktin blessed Rav Shimshon that his wife would give birth to a son who would illuminate the world with his Torah.

Later, they merited a similar blessing, this time from the rav of Baltrimantz. The rav was persecuted by some of the wealthy residents of the town, who even deprived him of his livelihood. When Rav Shimshon Klonimous’ wife learned of this, she rallied to the aid of the rav and his family, providing them with all their material needs. As a result, the rav blessed her that she would she would give birth to a son who would gladden his parents.

Within a year, these two blessings were realized when Rav Shimshon Klonimous ’ wife gave birth to a boy. They named him Meir Simcha—Meir after Rav Meir of Tiktin, and Simcha in deference to the blessing of the rav of Baltrimantz.

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