Dov Baer of Lubavitch

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Hasidic master (1773–1827), successor to his father, R. Shneur Zalman of Liady, in the leadership of the intellectual tendency in Hasidism known as Habad. He is also known as Dov Baer of Lubavitch (the Russian town where he settled) and as the Middle Rebbe, that is, the master who came in the middle between his predecessor and his successor as Habad leaders. By all accounts, Dov Baer was a genuine mystic (his valet reported that he would not infrequently go into a trancelike state in which he was totally unaware of his surroundings) but was also a capable organizer who drew up plans for a farming enterprise through which his followers would be able to earn an honest living while having sufficient time to devote to contemplation.

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies.

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