By COLlive reporter
Rabbi Binyomin Mentz, one of the first “American Chassidim” and a fixture in 770 for many decades, passed away on Monday, 27 Adar, 5776.
He was 85.
Rabbi Mentz, born in Pittsburgh, was one of the first students of Rabbi Posner in the 1940’s. It was in the Yeshiva in Pittsburgh that he was introduced to Chabad, and with great self-sacrifice he moved to New York to become a Chossid of the Frierdiker Rebbe.
In Tomchei Temimim in New York, Rabbi Mentz was known as an exemplary student, called by the nickname “Binyomin Hatzadik.”
In 1954, the Rebbe encouraged a group of bochurim to keep Seder, and asked about their whereabouts one evening. The Rebbe was told that the group had left to a wedding in Manhattan. The Rebbe requested the group return, and Rabbi Mentz was one of the bochurim who returned to 770. When they returned, they were summoned to the Rebbe, where the Rebbe gave them each Chanukah gelt, the first time the Rebbe had done so.
At his marriage, the Rebbe was Mesader Kedushin.
A resident of Crown Heights for many decades, Rabbi Mentz was one of the oldest living American Chassidim, known for his great devotion to the Rebbe. He was part of the famous Monday night Shulchan Aruch Shiur which took place for many years.
He was known to be a kind person, who never spoke a bad word about anyone. Many newlywed Chasanim related that Rabbi Mentz would take the time to show them how to put on a Talis and fold it after davening, when he noticed them in 770 shul just after their weddings.
He is survived by his wife Mrs. Miriam Mentz, his children Rabbi Chaim Mentz – Bel Air, CA; Rabbi Yossi Mentz – Los Angeles, CA; Hendy Raymen, Baltimore, MD, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The funeral will take place Tuesday, leaving Shomrei Hadas in Boro Park at 10 AM and passing by 770 Eastern Parkway at 10:45 am.
Mrs. Miriam Mentz will be sitting Shiva at 713 East New York Avenue, Crown Heights.
Rabbi Chaim Mentz and Rabbi Yossi Mentz will be sitting Shiva in Bel Air, CA – 10421 Summer Holly Circle, Bel Air, CA 90077
Shiva Times: Shacharis – 8:00am, Mincha/Maariv – 5:30pm
Baruch Dayen Haemes