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Ruzhin, Israel

Ruzhin, Israel (1797–1850). Jewish ḥasidic leader. A great-grandson of Dov Baer, he succeeded to ḥasidic leadership at the age of 16. He set up court in Ruzhin, but in 1838 he was imprisoned for being instrumental in the deaths of two Jewish informers. Subsequently, he moved from town to town until he finally settled near Sadgora. Thousands of ḥasidim streamed to his court, and after his death, six of his sons established ḥasidic dynasties.

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