Segulah for banei, chayei u’mezonei!
Drashos and commentary on Chamishah Chumshei Torah and Megillos by the great kabbalist Rabbi Chaim Shimshon Nachmani.
Segulah of the Zera Shimshon
In his preface, the author relates that after his only son passed away without children, he named his sefer Zera Shimshon, literally the “seed of Shimshon”, as his spiritual legacy.
He further beseeches to learn this sefer in his memory and blesses the learners: “May the Master of reward repay you for this merit with great reward to all who perform true loving-kindness with…banei, chayei u’mezonei, children, life and good prosperity…And your eyes shall see children and descendants who are as olive shoots around your tables, scholarly and wise, and wealth and honor shall never depart your seed until the [verse] ‘They shall see the Honor of Hashem’ shall be fulfilled in you…”
In recent times, the segulah of the Zera Shimshon has gained increased popularity and become widespread. As seen from the inscription on the title page, this sefer was regarded as a segulah for bearing children as early as 130 years ago!
Rabbi Shimshon Chaim Nachmani (1707-1779), renowned by the name of his sefer Zera Shimshon, was a venerable Italian rabbi and kabbalist, who was a disciple of Rabbi David Finzi, Av Bein Din of Mantua and father-in-law of the Maharal. The Zera Shimshon studied the wisdom of kabbalah under the Rabach. Prior to his passing, he instructed his followers to bury his kabbalistic writings with him in his grave. Since he had no living descendants, he named his sefarim Zera Shimshon and Toldos Shimshon, alluding that these were his spiritual legacy. There is a famous segulah to learn from the sefer Zera Shimshon in order to be blessed with children.
Miracles by the Zera Shimshon
Rabbi Chananel Nepi, Av Beis Din of Cento, relates a marvelous story in his work Zecher Tzaddik Livrachah which he heard firsthand from the Av Beis Din of Reggio Rabbi Chananya Elchanan Cohen, prime disciple of the Zera Shimshon:
A fire once broke out right next to the Zera Shimshon’s house, and it grew to horrific proportions until it reached the walls of his porch. The Zera Shimshon opened his window and stood facing the conflagration while immersed in prayer, and then sat down. All at once, the fire miraculously died, and the Zera Shimshon suffered no damage (Toldos Gedolei Yisrael [Trieste, 1853] p. 325 #25; p. 105).
Mantua, 1778. First edition.
Page Count: 105, 108-115, 115, , 17- 62; 21,  leaf.
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