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Ḥafets Ḥayyim or Israel Meir ha-Kohen Kagan (1838–1933). Jewish writer and source of inspiration for Orthodox Jews. Born in Lithuania, he settled at Radun in Poland, where a group gathered around him which was known as the Ḥafets Ḥayyim yeshivah of Radun. The name (by which he was subsequently known) was taken from his first book, which he published anonymously, in 1873, under that title. He helped in the founding of an extreme Orthodox movement, Agadut Israel.