Relationships Between the Masters

Below is a list of the Hasidic masters treated in this blog, showing the relationships between them. A complete chart is available from the Encyclopedia Judaica, vol. 8, also online if you have access.

Israel ben Eliezer, the Baal Shem Tov (1700-1760)

Grandsons of the Besht:

Moshe Chaim Efraim of Sadilkov, Degel Mahane Efraim

Barukh of Mezbizh (d. 1811)

Disciples of the Besht:

Dov Baer, the Maggid of Mezeritch (d. 1772)

Yaakov Yosef of Polnoye (d. 1782), Toldos Yaakov Yosef

Nahum of Chernobyl (d. 1798), Meor Einayim

Zeev Wolf of Zhitomir (d. 1797), Ohr Hameir

Disciples of the Maggid of Mezeritch:

Aharon of Karlin (d. 1772), Beis Aharon

Levi Yitzhak of Berditchev (d. 1809), Kedushas Levi

Meshullam Zusya of Hanipol (d. 1800), Menorat Zahav

Elimelekh of Lizensk (d. 1786), Noam Elimelekh

Israel, the Maggid of Kozhnitz (d. 1814), Avodas Yisroel

Yaakov Yitzhak, Hahozeh (the Seer) of Lublin (d. 1815) (later a disciple of

Elimelekh of Lizensk)

Disciples of Elimelekh of Lizhensk:

Menahem Mendel of Rymanov (d. 1815)

Avraham Yehoshua Heschel of Apt (d. 1822), Ohev Yisroel

Kalonymus Kalman Halevi Epstein, Maor Veshemesh

Disciples of Yaakov Yitzhak, Hahozeh (the Seer) of Lublin:

Yaakov Yitzhak of Pzhysha, the Yehudi (d. 1814)

Simha Bunam of Pzhysha (d. 1827), Kol Simha (later a disciple of the Yehudi)

Disciples of Simha Bunam:

Menahem Mendel of Kotzk (d. 1859), Ohel Torah

Yitzhak Meir of Ger (d. 1866) Hidushei HaRim (later a disciple of the Kotzker, and

grandfather of Yehuda Aryeh Leib of Ger, the Sfas Emes)

4 Responses to Relationships Between the Masters

  1. Julian says:

    and of rebbe nachman? not a word
    the outcast Rebbe
    shame on you

    • Wow, Julian, I expected to get some flack for daring to interpret these rebbeim, not for excluding them! Out of respect for these teachers and their Torah, I only include teachings I feel I know well and can offer something about. I do not understand Rebbe Nachman’s teachings particularly well, nor do they move me in the way that others do. There’s also the fact that there is a huge Breslov presence already on the net, especially in English. Part of the goal of this blog is to fill in the holes, not to compete with other people who are already doing the work, often better than I could. So, sorry, I don’t feel any shame for not writing about Rebb Nahman (or Baal haTanya, or the Worker, or the Belzer, or the Lubliner…). Thanks for giving me the opportunity to clarify, but otherwise, if you’re going to post negative things, please do it on your own blog.

  2. julian says:

    BTW I applaud your blog as a wonderful addition to what seems like brain dead orthodoxy and is welcome addition to the unpacking difficult Torahs for these Rebbeim! well done

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