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Chassidic Personalities

Historical and biographical studies

Discover the famous – and some of the not-so-famous – chassidic personalities of the past three centuries. Learn how chassidism, and Chabad chassidism in particular, developed and became a monumental force in world Jewry.

The Tzemach Tzedek
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn of Lubavitch (1789-1866)
Branches of the Chassidic Menorah - Volume 1
Biographical Stories Based on the Essay Fathers of Chassidus by the Previos Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn נ"ע
The Chassidic Legacy
The Revolutionaries
"So why do you think Schneerson has his synagogue in a basement?" the old spy asked, tightening his wrinkled eyes. "The Schneersons don’t have money?"
Mr. Manchester
Personal letters from the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of blessed memory, to Mr. Zalmon Jaffe
15 Facts About Reb Zusha of Anipoli
Learn fascinating facts about Reb Zusha of Annipoli, who was one of the most beloved stars in the constellation of the third generation of Chassidic masters.
48 Wise and Deep Sayings of Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk
Rabbi Menachem Mendel was a legendary, reclusive and acerbic leader of Polish Chassidic Jewry.
The Life and Teachings of Reb Nochum of Chernobyl
Rabbi Menachem Nochum Twersky (1730 - 1798)
18 Facts About Rabbi Nachman of Breslov
The founder and sole Rebbe of Breslov, R. Nachman’s earthy and relatable teachings continue to touch hearts and light up thousands of souls to this very day.
The Life and Teachings of Reb Elimelech of Lizhensk
Learn about the life of Reb Elimelech of Lizhensk, whose powerful example set a template for inspired leadership that became standard in Chassidic courts throughout Poland and Galicia.
The Life and Teachings of the Holy Ruzhiner Rebbe
Rabbi Yisrael Friedman of Ruzhin (1796-1850)
Rabbi Yisrael Friedman of Ruzhin, referred to as the Heiliger Ruzhiner, “the holy one of Ruzhin,” was royalty of the Chassidic movement.
9 Facts about Odel, the Baal Shem Tov's Daughter
The “First Lady” of the Chassidic Movement
Learn about the Baal Shemtov's only daughter, Udel, who plays a unique role in early Chassidic history.