Rabbi Menachem Aharon Hakohen Rodal was born in June 1948 in Montreal, Canada. His father, Rabbi Yosef Rodal, escaped to the United States via Shanghai. He was one of 9 young men hand-selected by Friediker Rebbe-the previous Rebbe- to become his shluchim- emissaries to Montreal, Canada. It was there that he met his wife, Faiga, a Polish emigree, and settled in Montreal, raising four children.
Menachem was their third and youngest son. They operated a Judaica store, which to this day is still called Rodals, and were instrumental in every aspect of Jewish life in their community.
In his youth, Menachem was a fun-loving child who loved to learn, has an insatiable curiosity, and was fascinated by the wonders of Hashem’s world. As a yeshiva student, he travelled to Israel and studied in Kfar Chabad, and later Yerushalayim. He was known as a Masmid, one who was constantly learning even when others were taking breaks or eating meals.
When the Six-Day War broke out, Menachem went to the front lines and helped by digging trenches to help with the war effort. After completing Yeshiva in Israel and rabbinic ordination in New York, Menachem married his wife Shterna of the prolific Baumgarten family, and were sent by the Rebbe as Shluchim to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the ‘70s.
Rabbi Rodal started his 5-decade long teaching career at Yeshivas Achei temimim in Pittsburgh, and was known as a teacher par excellance – and a real Mechanech-educator- in the true essence of the word. He taught there for 30 years. In 2002, the Rodals moved to Los Angeles, California, where they quickly became an integral part of the community and Rabbi Rodal instituted the Niflaos Haborei curriculum.
Rabbi Rodal touched hundreds-if not thousands of lives through his classroom teaching, interactive nature lectures, and his years as camp Rabbi in Gan Yisroel of Detroit, Camp Mamosh, Teen camp and his own Camp, RRC.
He is sorely missed by his children and grandchildren from South Africa, Denmark, Australia, Florida, New York, California and in Yeshivas and seminaries across the globe. This is his legacy, and this is his EMPIRE. This is his gift to the world.