Elimelech of Lyzhansk

(Elimelech Lipmann)
(1717–87)
   Chassidic leader. Sons of a rich land-owner in Poland, Elimelech and his brother Zusya ‘went into exile’ - wandered from village to village spreading Chassidism and emulating the exile of the Holy Presence (Shechinah) in the Diaspora. After the death of his teacher DOV BAER, Elimelech himself was the uncrowned head of the chassidic movement, and Lyzhansk in Galicia, where he lived, was a place of pilgrimage for the Chassidim.
   The most important element which Elimelech added to Chassidism was the mystical doctrine of the zaddik, the holy man who was the leader in all areas of life. Through his spiritual contact with the higher powers, the zaddik could intercede for his followers; and by his own ‘fall’ could bring about the spiritual renewal of the community. The zaddik was supported, sometimes in considerable splendour, by his Chassidim.

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