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Hasidic leader, one of the most remarkable personalities produced by Hasidism. Grandson of the founder of the movement, Israel Baal Shem Tov, Nachman’s unique gifts became evident in childhood. He was still young when followers began to flock to him to listen eagerly to his interpretation of Hasidic philosophy. He taught them to pray joyfully and devote time to contemplation. Aside from his Hasidic works, he created imaginative original fairy tales.

Unlike other Hasidic rabbis, Rabbi Nachman did not establish a dynasty. Followers of his teachings are to be found all over the world, especially in Israel. They revere his memory, marking the anniversaries of his death with special observance.

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