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Rabbi Yisroel Hopsztajn (1737–1814), also known as the Magid of Kozhnitz, was a chasidic leader in Poland.

He was born in Opatów, where his father Shabsay was a bookbinder. He was named for the founder of chasidus, Rabbi Yisroel Baal Shem Tov.

Rabbi Hopsztajn worked for a period of time with the Magid of Mezritsh. He was one of the major influences in bringing chasidus to Congress Poland and was the founder of hasidic dynasty of Kozhnitz.

Books

Among his many works are: a volume on Torah Yakir M'Paz, a volume on Pirke Avot, a commentary on Tehillim. All of which are collected here. He also wrote a commentary on the Zohar Nezer Yisrael found here,a commentary on the Pesach Haggadah, the Gevurat Yisrael, found here, a commentary on all the Mitzvot called Ta'amei Mitzvot, found here, and a commentary on the Tikunei HaZohar called Or Yisrael, found here.

References

  • Aryeh Kaplan (1984). The Chasidic Masters and Their Teachings. Jerusalem: Moznaim. 

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