Chassidut Chernobyl

Grand Rabbi of the Chernobyl Dynasty

Photo: Miriam Woelke


What a fascinating treasure but, unfortunately, I don’t own this book. The entire history of Chassidut Chernobyl and it’s split – offs
“Grand Rabbis of the Chernobyl Dynasty”
by Yitzchak Me’ir Twersky and Zisha Twersky – Novoseller
Chernobyl has quite a few split – offs and the most famous ones are probably Skver, Tolna and Rachmastrivka.


Photo: Miriam Woelke



Photo: Miriam Woelke



Photo: Miriam Woelke


Founder of Chernobyl was the famous Rabbi Nachum of Chernobyl (1730 – 1798) who used to be a student of the Baal Shem Tov. After the Besht passed away, Rabbi Nachum studied with the Mezritcher Maggid. 
Until today, the family name Twersky plays an important role in the chassidic world. And when you hear Twersky, it might be somehow connected to Chernobyl. 
It is very true what Gershom Sholem and the Israeli researcher David Assaf state: Books about Hasidism should be written by the Chassidim themselves. It is them being born into society and therefore they know all the little details. What is going on and who is with whom. If I joined a chassidic group right now, I would never be on the same level of knowledge as a born chassidic woman. Even little chassidic children already know society and it is basically impossible to catch up.
Apparently more and more chassidic groups start researching their own history and publish books. The advantage is that you get more information out of this than from any other outside researcher. The disadvantage may be that there is always a suspicion that the group could be hiding or faking something. 🙂
Chernobyl did a great job by publishing their own history !

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