Yisrael Hopsztajn

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Yisroel Hopstien

Yisrael Hopstein (1737–1814), also known as the Maggid of Kozhnitz, was one of the more important Hasidic leaders of Poland during the 18th and early 19th century . He was a student of the Magid of Mezritch and the Rebbe Reb Melech Elimelech of Lizhensk. He wrote many books on Hasidut and Kabalah.


He was born in Opatów, where his father Shabtay was a bookbinder and Perl. Even as a young child he was recognized as an Illui, prodigy. He studied under the tutelage of Rabbi Shmelke of Nikolsburg, who eventually convinced R' Israel to go learn with the Magid of Mezritch. After the Magid died, he went to learn from Rebbe Reb Melekh Elimelech of Lizhensk. He was founder of the Kozhnitz Hasidic dynasty.


He was married to Royze. They had 3 children: Rabbi Moshe Elyakim who replaced his father as Rebbe after R' Israel died. Leah Perl the wife of R' Avi Ezra Zelig Shapira, Rabbi of Grenitz. And finally, R' Motel who died in his youth.



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

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