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Cracow, 1700: Rabbi Heschel Tzoref passed away.

Rabbi Heschel was a great kabbalist, and the author of the known manuscript, which made its way to the Baal Shem Tov of Mezbizh [Medzhybizh, Ukraine]. 

It’s important to note, that in this period, there were 3 gedolei Yisrael with very similar names:

  1. Rabbi Yehoshua Heschel, son of R’ Yakov of Lublin. He was his father’s successor in Lublin and thereafter the rav of Cracow, known as “R’ Heschel of Cracow.”
  2. Rabbi Yehoshua Charif, son of R’ Yosef from Vilna. He was rav of Cracow, and author of the sefer Maginei Shlomo.
  3. Rabbi Yehoshua Heschel Tzoref, son of R’ Yosef from Vilna. He was not rav of Cracow, but learned all day in the Megaleh Amukos Shul in Cracow.

Source: Ir HaTzedek


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