Emanuel, or Menachem Mendel, was born in Manhattan in 1925. Emanuel is the first cousin of the famous Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm, former President of Yeshiva University. Emanuel attended Yeshiva Torah Vodaas from preschool until the age of 14. In 1943 he was drafted and served in Europe, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. In 1946 Emanuel received an honorable discharge and came back to work in the clothing business with his father. He got married in 1960 at the age of 34. He and his wife had three children, six grandchildren, and one great grandchild. One of his children lives in Florida, one in Kew Gardens, NY, and one in New Jersey. For a while Emanuel went into the nursing home business, but then went back to clothing industry. He and his wife both retired about 20 years ago and moved to Lauderhill, Florida. Afterwards they moved to Boynton, and then to Boca Raton. The couple moved into Douglas Gardens due to his wife’s illness. After his wife passed away, Emanuel moved backed to his condo in Boca until he was ready for an assisted living facility lifestyle. Emanuel discovered the TOP classes a few months ago and has become an avid participant, always asking deep questions.