Rabbi SIMCHA BUNIM BONHART OF PESHISCHA (Przysucha, in
Not wanting to take up a rabbinical position, he supported himself by practicing pharmacy . At a later stage, he became an agent for Temerl Bergson , a wealthy businesswoman who supported many of the chasidic leaders during her time.
Among his followers were Rabbi
Menachem Mendel of Kotzk (Kotsker
Rebbe), the Vurker
* 1 Writings * 2 Bibliography * 3 References * 4 External links
He wrote no works of his own, but many of his teachings were transmitted orally, some of which have been collected in Kol Simcha. Others are cited in later works.
One of the more famous oral teachings attributed to Rabbi Simcha Bunim of Peschischa goes as follows:
Everyone must have two pockets, with a note in each pocket, so that he or she can reach into the one or the other, depending on the need. When feeling lowly and depressed, discouraged or disconsolate, one should reach into the right pocket, and, there, find the words: "For my sake was the world created."
But when feeling high and mighty one should reach into the left pocket, and find the words: "I am but dust and ashes."
* Rabbi Dr. Michael Rosen. Quest for Authenticity - The thought of
Reb Simhah Bunim, Jerusalem, Urim Publications, 2008.
* Alan Brill, "Grandeur and Humility in the Writings of R. Simhah
Bunim of Przysucha," in Hazon Nahum
* Glenn Dynner, "Merchant Princes and Tsadikim: The Patronage of
Polish Hasidism" Jewish Social Studies - Volume 12, Number 1, Fall
2005 (New Series), pp. 64–110
* Mahler, Raphael. Hasidism and the Jewish Enlightenment: Their
Confrontation in Galicia and
* ^ Buber, Martin (1948). Tales of the Hasidim: Later Masters. Schocken Books. pp. 249–250.