The Chassidic Dynasty of Komarno was founded by Rabbi Sender (Alexander) Savran. Rabbi Sender was the son of Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac of the town of Savran, from where the family name originates. He was a disciple of the Chozeh of Lublin and died at a young age.
After the death of Rabbi Sender, his son, Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac Yehudah Yechiel, was raised by his uncle, Rabbi Tzvi Hirsh of Zidichov.
Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac Yehuda Yechiel Safrin of Komarno, known as the Komarno Rebbe (1806-1874), was one of the most prolific expounders of the Kabbalah of the Baal Shem Tov, producing volumes of inspired original insights on Jewish mysticism, as well as Mishnah and Jewish Law. A hidden ascetic for many years, he only later known for his genius, piety and ability to work wonders. Insistent that the every Jew study Kabbalah, particularly the Zohar and the Writings of the Arizal, the Komarno Rebbe emphasized the importance of Kabbalistic meditation, as well as humility, joy, love of one's fellow (and all of Creation), and recognizing the Divine in everything. Among his other works, Rebbe Yitzchak Isaac of Komarno's monumental commentaries Heichal HaBrachah on the Torah, Otzar HaChaim on the commandments, and Zohar Chai on the Zohar, are classics of Kabbalah as well as Chassidism. The rebbes of Komarno were very involved in studying and teaching Kabbalah, and wrote many books on esoteric subjects.
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