Levi Isaac of Berdichev


Levi Isaac of Berdichev
(c. 1740-1810)
   Polish Hasidic leader. A pupil of Dov Ber of Mezhirich, he was a rabbi in Zhelikhov, Pinsk and Berdichev. He founded Hasidism in central Poland, consolidated the movement in Lithuania, and expanded it in the Ukraine. His Kedushat Levi contains his teaching.

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