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Jacob Joseph of Polonnoye
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(died c. 1782, Polonnoye, Ukraine) was a Hasidic theologian (Hasidism), preacher and rabbi. He was a prominent disciple of the founder of the movement, Rabbi Israel Besht (Baʾal Shem Tov). Jacob served as a rabbi in Shargorod, in the Ukrainian area of Podolia, from which he was expelled in 1748. Late in his life he became the rabbi of Polonnoye. Jacob was never a leader of a Hasidic community, but he wrote the first Hasidic book to be published: Toledot Yaʾakov Yosef. (The titles of his books are based on biblical phrases which include his name, here Gen 37:2…

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Dan, Joseph, “Jacob Joseph of Polonnoye”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 March 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_10700>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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