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Nachman of Breslov

1772 - 1810

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Nachman of Breslov (Hebrew: רַבִּי נַחְמָן מִבְּרֶסְלֶב Rabbī Naḥmān mīBreslev), also known as Reb Nachman of Bratslav, Reb Nachman Breslover (Yiddish: רבי נחמן ברעסלאווער Rebe Nakhmen Breslover), and Nachman from Uman (April 4, 1772 – October 16, 1810), was the founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement. Reb Nachman, a great-grandson of the Baal Shem Tov, revived the Hasidic movement by combining the esoteric secrets of Judaism (the Kabbalah) with in-depth Torah scholarship. He attracted thousands of followers during his lifetime, and his influence continues today through many Hasidic movements such as Breslov Hasidism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nachman of Breslov has received more than 494,638 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). Nachman of Breslov is the 649th most popular religious figure (down from 647th in 2019), the 86th most popular biography from Ukraine (down from 83rd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Ukrainian Religious Figure.

Nachman of Breslov is most famous for his teachings on the importance of joy in Judaism. He believed that joy in Judaism is not an emotion, but rather a way of life. Nachman taught that one should not only be happy when they are experiencing joy, but should also be happy when they are experiencing pain.

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Among religious figures, Nachman of Breslov ranks 649 out of 2,238Before him are Robert of Molesme, Tarcisio Bertone, John Cassian, Onuphrius, Malachi, and Muhammad ibn al-Hanafiyyah. After him are Abu Dhar al-Ghifari, Philemon, Hillel the Elder, Olaus Magnus, Piruz Nahavandi, and Jean-Baptiste de La Salle.

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Among people born in 1772, Nachman of Breslov ranks 10Before him are William I of the Netherlands, Friedrich Schlegel, Maria Theresa of Naples and Sicily, Ram Mohan Roy, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Fath-Ali Shah Qajar. After him are Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, Louis Antoine, Duke of Enghien, Marie Anne Lenormand, Henri de la Rochejaquelein, Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia, and Jean-Étienne Dominique Esquirol. Among people deceased in 1810, Nachman of Breslov ranks 4Before him are Henry Cavendish, Axel von Fersen the Younger, and Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. After him are Jean-Georges Noverre, Chevalier d'Éon, Marie Joséphine of Savoy, Johann Wilhelm Ritter, Philipp Otto Runge, Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber, Andrianampoinimerina, and Andreas Hofer.

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Among people born in Ukraine, Nachman of Breslov ranks 86 out of 1,083Before him are Anacharsis (-700), Yitzhak Ben-Zvi (1884), Sergey Bubka (1963), Edward Rydz-Śmigły (1886), Ze'ev Jabotinsky (1880), and Clarice Lispector (1920). After him are Andriy Shevchenko (1976), Josaphat Kuntsevych (1580), Bruno Schulz (1892), Yevgeny Primakov (1929), Boris Shcherbina (1919), and Vsevolod I of Kiev (1030).


Among religious figures born in Ukraine, Nachman of Breslov ranks 2Before him are Baal Shem Tov (1700). After him are Josaphat Kuntsevych (1580), Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902), Jacob Frank (1726), Filaret (1929), Theodosius of Kiev (1029), Paisius Velichkovsky (1722), Hilarion of Kiev (990), Anthony of Kiev (983), Dimitry of Rostov (1651), and John of Shanghai and San Francisco (1896).