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Levi Isaac (Yitsḥak) ben Meir of Berdichev

Levi Isaac [Yitsḥak] ben Meir of Berdichev (c.1740–1810). Jewish Ḥasidic zaddik. Levi Isaac was a pupil of Dov Baer. He emerged as a Zaddik in the town of Zelechow, but was driven from there and from Pinsk by the mitnaggedim. Finally he moved to Berdichev in 1785 where he lived until his death. He was recognized as a major Ḥasidic leader of his time and became a popular hero in Jewish fiction and poetry, in which he is regarded as an advocate for Israel before God. He wrote a two-part work, Kedushat Levi, which expounds Ḥasidic teaching in the form of a commentary mainly on Torah.

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