Grand Rabbi David of Tulna Twersky [1st Talne Rebbe]

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About Grand Rabbi David of Tulna Twersky [1st Talne Rebbe]

The first Rabbe of Talne, the world-renowned R. Dovid'l (1808-1882), was one of the eight sons of Rabbi Mordechai Twersky, who was the only son of Rabbi Nochum Twersky - the maggid of Tchernobil, disciple of the Baal Shem Tov and towering figure in the galaxy of chasidic masters gathered around the Baal Shem Tov's successor, the Maggid of Mezrich.

	Who was the Talner Rebbe? He was the saint-teacher par excellence. He represented with great dignity and sacrificial action six generations of saint-teachers, the great maggidim. He personified the chesed tradition of the Tchernobil maggid with dedication and sincerity. I never saw him alone. I always saw him in company: R. David Talne on his right and R. Nochum of Tchernobil on his left. He bore such a striking resemblance to his great grandfather, I always felt as if his illustrious ancestors were protecting their saintly great grandson, who was so humble, so shy, so honest, so gentle, and so kind, from the vicissitudes of the cold, insensitive world of today. He epitomized to me the great message of the saint-teacher, the message of universal love and unlimited truth, of being close to God and feeling his presence.	 
	(from the eulogy of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, Iyyar, 1972).	 
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