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R. DovBer, the Maggid of Mezeritch

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R. DovBer, the Maggid of Mezeritch: ?-1772; second leader of the Chassidic movement, successor to the Baal Shem Tov and spiritual mentor of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, known for his scholarship, piety, and asceticism
A brief biography
The disciple of the Baal Shem Tov and the teacher of Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, the Maggid strengthed the Chassidism of his master, anchoring it firmly in Jewish thought and practice
"At home?" said Rabbi DovBer. "Oh yes... At home, it is a different matter altogether..."
The landlady on the floor wailing hysterically. Her only son, she sobbed, had agreed to convert to Christianity, and was being held in a locked room in a monastery.
Ten Principles from the Maggid of Mezritch
“Know that by the action you have taken,” said the Maggid, “you have forfeited your head . . . But this you have achieved: from now on, whenever there will be a conflict between the chassidim and their opponents, the chassidim will prevail . . .”
The disciples of Rabbi DovBer of Mezeritch gathered around his bed to hear their teacher speak about Jacob's angels. It was the last Shabbat of the chassidic master's life...
G-d said to Noah: Come, you and your household, into the ark (7:1) The Hebrew word for ark, 'teivah', also means 'word'. "Come into the word", says the Almighty, enter within the words of prayer and Torah study. Here you will find a sanctuary of wisdom, m...
“Go in peace,” said the Maggid to the destitute and unmarried young scholar. “Accept the first marriage proposal that is suggested to you.”
"In Vilna one was taught how to study," recalled the Rebbe. "In Mezeritch one could learn how to pray..."
The day of the wedding arrived. Hundreds of beggars took their places around tables laden with the best food money could buy. But then tragedy struck . . .
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