Nachman Horodenker, נחמן הורנדנקר [Gr. Father of Nachman of Breslev] (c.1700 - c.1772) MP

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Nicknames: "Breslever Rebbe", "Nachman's grandfather"
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Death: Died in Tiberias, Israel
Managed by: Yigal Burstein / יגאל בורשטיין
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About Nachman Horodenker, נחמן הורנדנקר [Gr. Father of Nachman of Breslev]

Rabbi Nachman Horodenker (yartzeit, 2 Tammuz), was a leading and close disciple of the Baal Shem Tov and the paternal grandfather of Rebbe Nachman of Breslev.

Nachman Horodenker's son, Rabbi Simchah, married Feiga, the Baal Shem Tov's granddaughter, and named the Rebbe after him. In his youth, Rabbi Nachman Horodenker undertook very difficult devotions and rose to great spiritual heights.

One of the closest followers of the Baal Shem Tov, he moved to Tiberias in the Holy Land in 1764, where he is buried.

Rabbi Pinchus of Koretz said about him that as long as he would remain in (what was then) Poland, the Cossacks would be unable to enter the country. The massacre in Uman of 1768, took place not long after he moved and passed away.

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כְּשֶׁפָּנָה הַבַּעַל-שֵׁם-טוֹב זַצַּ"ל אֶל רַבִּי נַחְמָן מֵהוֹרוֹדֶנְקֶע זַ"ל וְאָמַר לוֹ, שֶׁחָפֵץ לְהִשְׁתַּדֵּךְ עִמּוֹ, לא הִסְכִּים לָזֶה רַבִּי נַחְמָן, בְּהַטְעִימוֹ לְרַבּוֹ הַבַּעַל-שֵׁם-טוֹב שֶׁזֶּה מֵחֲמַת גּדֶל יִחוּסוֹ הַמַּגַּעַת עַד לְדָוִד הַמֶּלֶךְ, הוֹצִיא לוֹ הַבַּעַל-שֵׁם-טוֹב כְּתַב יוֹחֲסִין וְהֶרְאָה לוֹ שֶׁגַּם הוּא כָּמוֹהוּ מְיוּחָס עַד לְדָוִד הַמֶּלֶךְ עָלָיו הַשָּׁלוֹם.

When the Baal Shem Tov said to Reb Nachman Horodenker that he wants to marry off his children into his family (his granddaughter Faiga ended up marrying Reb Nachmans son Simcha), Reb Nachman at first didn't agree explaining that since his lineage comes from King David and its not fit for him to marry into the Baal Shem Tov's family, with this the Baal Shem Tov took out a written family lineage showing that he also comes from King David. (Siach Sarfei Kodesh)

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