MENAHEM MANUELE B. BARUCH HA-LEVI:
Polish rabbi and author; died in Lemberg 1742. He was a descendant of R. Joseph Cohen of Cracow (author of "She'erit Yosef"), of R. Isaac Shrenzel, and of R. Saul Wahl. He occupied theoffice of dayyan in Lemberg under the presidency of R. Ḥayyim Rapoport.
Menahem was the author of "Zera' Baruk" (Wandsbeck, 1730), novellæ on some tractates of the Talmud. Another work of his was "'Emeḳ Halakah we-Ṭa'am Man" (Frankfort-on-the-Oder, 1745), consisting of two parts: (1) discourses on the Halakah; (2) explanations of the Haggadah. It contains also an approbation by R. Moses b. Aaron of Lemberg (given in 1735) and novellæ by Naphtali Herz Ashkenazi and Moses Ḥarif, both rabbis of Lemberg. According to a statement of the author in his preface to the "'Emeḳ Halakah," he wrote also a book entitled "'Abodat ha-Lewi " on the order Ḳodashim.
Menahem's signature as dayyan is found in documents and deeds inserted in the Lemberg memor-book.
- Buber, Anshe, Shem, p. 142.