Kozhnitz (Hasidic dynasty)

Kozhnitz (Hasidic dynasty)

Kozhnitz is the name of a Hasidic dynasty founded by Rebbe Yisroel Hopsztajn, known as the Kozhnitser Maggid.

Kozhnitz is the Yiddish name of Kozienice, a town in present-day Poland.


Rebbe Yisroel Hopsztajn, the founder of the Kozhnitz dynasty, and one of the three "patriarchs" of Polish Hasidism, was a disciple of Rebbe Elimelech of Lizhensk (Rabbi Elimelech Weisblum of Lizhensk), author of "Noam Elimelech". The Rebbe Elimelech was a disciple of the Rebbe Dovber, the "Maggid" ("preacher") of Mezeritch, the primary disciple of the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Hasidism.

*Kozhnitser Magid : Yisroel Hopsztajn (c. 1733 - 1814), author of the classic "Avodas Yisroel".
**Second Kozhnitser Rebbe : Moshe Elyokim Bri'o Hopsztajn (c. 1757 - 1828)— son of the "Avodas Yisroel"; rebbe from 1814 to 1828.
***Third Kozhnitser Rebbe : Chayim Myer Yechiel Szapira (1789 - 1849), the "Sorof" of Mogielnica—grandson of the "Avodas Yisroel' : rebbe from 1828 to 1849.
****Fourth Kozhnitser Rebbe : Elozor Hopsztajn (I) (d. 1861)—son of Moshe Elyokim Bri'o; rebbe from 1849 to 1861.
*****Fifth Kozhnitser Rebbe : Yechiel Yaakov Hopsztajn (1846-1866)—son of Elozor; rebbe from 1863 - 1866.
******Sixth Kozhnitser Rebbe : Yerachmiel Moshe Hopsztajn son of Yechiel Yaakov


ee also

*History of the Jews in Poland


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