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Nahman ben Simhah of Bratslav
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(1771, Medshibosh, Ukraine – 1811, Uman, Ukraine). Rabbi Nahman ben Simhah was one of the most influential leaders of the Hasidic movement (Hasidism). Although he was the great-grandson of Baʾal Shem Tov, the founder of Hasidism, only a small group of adherents gathered around him. On his pilgrimage to the Land of Israel (1798) he was able to escape Napoleon's siege of Akko aboard a Turkish warship. When he returned to Europe he preached a new doctrine according to which there is only one true Zaddik, who is the redeemer of all the people of Israel. He did …

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Dan, Joseph, “Nahman ben Simhah of Bratslav”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024003>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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