Nahman of Bratzlav

(1772-1811)
   Ukrainian Hasidic leader, great-grandson of the Baal Shem Tov. He was born in Medzhibozh and lived in Medvedevka in the province of Kiev, where he attracted numerous disciples. In 1798 he went to Palestine, but he later settled in Zlatopol in the province of Kiev, where he engaged in controversy with Aryeh Leib of Shpola. In 1802 he moved to Bratslav. His various journeys are described in works by his disciple Nathan Sternhartz. In 1810 he settled in Ukrainian city of Uman. In his teachings he emphasized simple faith and prayer, and developed the theory of the tzaddik as the intermediary between God and humans.

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