Rabbi Nachman of Horodenka

Rabbi Nachman from Horodenka was the grand father of Rabbi Nachman. According to the book the ‘New Generation Order’ thirty-seven people studied directly with the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Chassidism. His name is mentioned in a number of books that were written about the Baal Shem Tov and his students including, ‘The Praise of the Baal Shem Tov’ and ‘The History of Jacob and Joseph’. His favourite saying was “It all happens for the best.” There are few specific details about Rabbi Nachman’s life. It is known that he was in Miedziboz when the Baal Shem Tov passed away. He regularly visited the Baal Shem Tov’s grave and prostrate himself over it. When Rabbi Nachman wanted to emigrate to Israel, he asked the spirit of the Baal Shem Tov for permission. Then with a glowing face he announced that the Baal Shem Tov ordered him to go to Israel.

In 1764 Rabbi Nachman along with Rabbi Menahem Mendel from Przemyslan and Rabbi Simhah from Zalorzyc, the in-law of Rabbi Shlomo from Dunow, and author of ‘For the Love of Zion’ made Aliyah to Israel. They sailed from Gallatz to Constantinople on the fourth day of Tamuz, 1764. There they waited twenty days for a boat to Israel. On the 18th of Elul, they sailed together with 110 Sephardic and Ashkenazi immigrants to the Holy land. On the evening of Rosh Ha Shana they arrived in Jaffa. In Jaffa, the Sephardic immigrants went to Jerusalem and the Chassids continued to the port of Acco. The following day, Rabbi Manchem Mendel and the rest of the group rode their mules to Tiberias where they settled. Rabbi Nachman died there a few years later. His son, Simha, married Fayga, the grand daughter of the Baal Shem Tov and the daughter of Hoddle. From this marriage, Rabbi Nachman of Breslev was born.