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Yechiel Michel M'Drohobitch, Maggid of Zlotchov יחיאל מיכל מדרוהוביץ, המגיד מזלוצ׳וב

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R' Yechiel Michel Rabinowitz of Slotshev

Yechiel Mechel The Zlotshiver Maggid

Rabbi Yekhiel Michel Rabinowitz of Zlotshev (c.1721 – 1786), known as the The Maggid of Zlotchow was a young student of the Baal Shem Tov, (Besht), but is more known as a student of the Maggid of Mezeritch, R Dov Ber.  

His father, R Yitzchak of Drohobitch, was the eldest student of the Baal Shem Tov (Besht).

Yosef of Yampil

Rabbi Yosef Rabinowitz of Yampol (d. January 9, 1812), first born son of Rabbi Yekhiel Mikhl of Zlotshev, the Maggid of Zlotchov.

Yitzchak mi Yossi Rabinowitz

Rebbe Yitzchok Rabinowitz of Drubitch, son of Rabbi Yosef of Yampol, succeeded his father-in-law, ( he was the son-in-law of Reb Boruch of Mezhbizh).

Wife: Chane Chaya Drubitsher (Ashkenazi) Great granddaughter of the Baal Shem Tov. Rabbi Yitzchok Rabinovich M'Yasi Drubitch (Rabinowicz, Rabinowitz, Rabinowich


R Yechiel Michel (1726-1786), the Maggid of Zlotchow was the founder of the Zlotshov Hasidic dynasty, and one of the leading Rebbes (Admors) of 
his day, with a large following aka Rabbi Yekhiel Michel Rabinowitz of Zlotshev , The Zlotshiver Maggid

The Maggid of Zlotchow was a young student of the Baal Shem Tov, (Besht), but is more known as a student of the Maggid of Mezeritch, R Dov Ber.  His father, R Yitzchak of Drohobitch, was the eldest student of the Baal Shem Tov (Besht).


There are a few niggunim (songs) composed by Rebbe Yechiel Michel.
On the Breslov recording, Asader L’Seudasa, Track 6 is titled, “Niggun of Reb Mich’l Zlotchover”. Ben-Zion Solomon writes, “According to Breslover tradition, this is the dveykus niggun with which the holy Reb Mich’l Zlotchover left the world during the Third Meal of Shabbos…
Other texts were also sung to the niggun, but its beauty and power are most obvious when it is sung without words – as Reb Mich’l himself sang it.”
Chabad has a niggun of his, which is also referred to as the Niggun of Rachamim Rabim. On this link you can hear that the Baal Shem Tov said of his talmid, Rebbe Michel, that he often visited the Heavenly Chamber of Music [Heichal HaNegina] and collected niggunim of dveykus and yearning.
The Maharash of Chabad [Rebbe Shmuel] once remarked that in this niggun one can perceive the Baal Shem Tov. But this niggun had an effect that went way beyond the Chassidim of Chabad in Rebbe Michel’s time and afterwards. Which brings us to our story…


R' Yitzchak of Drogobych / Isaac of Drohobycz (son of Rabbi Joseph Wirnik of Pistyn and Yente the Prophetess) c1705 in Romania, and died date unknown in Romania.

R' Yitzchak was an itinerant maggid / preacher who traveled throughout Galicia and Volhynia, and even visited Slutsk, Lithuania. He lived for a time in Brody, where he was supported by R' Yosef Ostra, a well-known philanthropist who maintained a shul and kollel at his own expense.

Brody was the home of R' Yechezkel Landau (the "Noda B'Yehuda"), a fierce opponent of the Ba'al Shem Tov, and R' Yitzchak, too, was at first opposed to the young chassidic group.

Children of Isaac of Drohobycz and Wife #2 are:

  • i. +Bassil, b. Abt. 1730, Romania26, d. date unknown, Romania
  • ii. +Rabbi Yechiel Michel, b. 1726, Brody (??), Romania27, d. 1786, Yompole (??), Romania
  • iii. Daughter, d. date unknown.
  • Disciple of the Baal Shem Tov.
  • Had a number of stillborn babies.
  • Other possible names: Isaac Drabizner?.
  • Place of Origin: of Drohobycz.
  • Married in Romania



Rabbi Joseph Wirnik of Pistyn (son of Rabbi Moses of Pistyn) was born Abt. 1685 in Romania, and died date unknown in Romania. He married Yente the Prophetess in Romania.

  • Civil Name: Yossi Sprawidliwi.
  • Name: Moishe Leib of Drohobycz.
  • Nickname: "Joseph the Honest".
  • Children of Rabbi Joseph Wirnik of Pistyn and Yente the Prophetess are: i. +Isaac of Drohobycz, b. Abt. 1705, Romania97, d. date unknown, Romania.


Rabbi Moses of Pistynserved in the Galician Community of Swierze, near Przemyslany. He escended from several generations of Rabbis leading back to Rabbi Isaac Hayyut (Hayyes). A famous book of his was published in 1591.

Rabbi Isaac Hayyut his ancestor was stated to be "of the stock of the Hasidim [i.e. -the pious ones] of the Provence". Provence is a region of southern France which had a medieval Jewish community associated with Spain .

  • Children of Rabbi Moses of Pistyn are:

i. +Rabbi Joseph Wirnik of Pistyn, b. Abt. 1685, Romania, d. date unknown, Romania.

Although the Zlotchever Maggid did not write any books himself, his thoughts and perspectives have been compiled into a work entitled "Mayim Rabim".

Mayim Rabim

Homilies on the Torah, Nach and Aggadot of chazal by Maggid Rabbi Yechiel Michel of Zlotchov and his father Rabbi Yitzchak of Drohovitch, edited by Rabbi Nosson Nota Duner. Warsaw, 1899. Schiftgiser press. First edition
At the beginning of the book: Hanhagot Tovot - Admonitions from the Maggid of Zlotchov and his son-in-law Maggid Rabbi Dovid of Steppen, with the Midganot Nosson elucidation authored by the publisher.
At the conclusion: Sipurim Niflaim from the patriarchs of Chassidut, Kavanot HaMikvah from the Baal Shem Tov, and Rabbi Menachem Nachum of Chernobyl, a list of the disciples of the Maggid of Zlotchov along with his family tree, and the Yad Nosson from the publisher.
The title page notes that the book was published 'by Rabbi.. Pinchas Menachem Justman of Gur-Kalvira'. This is the famed Admor, Rabbi Pinchas Menachem of Piltz author of Sifsei Tzaddik. Uncommon, important Chassidic work.


Rabbi Yechiel Michel had one daughter and five sons, all eminent Torah scholars. Chasidim call them the Maggid's five chumashim (Books of the Torah).

1. R Yosef of Ampal (d-1812)
2. R Yitzchak of Radvil (1744-1835)
3. R Binyamin of Zbariz (d-1822),
4. R Moshe of Zvhill (d-1831), the founder of the Zvhill dynasty, and first Zvhiller Rebbe.  For more on him see The Rebbes
5. R Mordechai of Kremnitz (1755-1820)
6. A daughter who married R David of Stepan (founder of the Stepan dynasty and first Stepaner Rebbe. R David was a descendant of the Taz.





The Zlotchower's family was descended from the Chayut family, i.e. 
R Yitzchak Chayut, who according to some, married the sister of the wife 
of the Maharal of Prague.  In other words, R Yitzchak Chayut and the 
Maharal were brothers in law.


The Zlotchower, Maggid wrote a niggun (a tune) that was the 
Baal Shem Tove (Besht)'s favorite niggun. (tune).  When the Besht was dying, the second day of Shavuot, he asked that R Yechiel Michel come into the room to sing him the niggun one last time.  After hearing the niggun, the Besht passed away.


Yechiel Michel was largely responsible for introducing Hassidut to the Jews of Galicia, founded a multi-branched dynasty and had numerous famous illustrious students. Foremost among them were-:

1. Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Heshel of Apta, also known as the Oheiv Yisrael, 2. Rabbi Mordechai of Neshchiz, know as the Rishpei Eish.


1. Grand Rabbi David Yitzchok Eizik Rabinowitz, Skoyle Rebbe 
 2. Baruch Pinchas Admur Skolye Rabinowitz 
3. Grand Rabbi Eliezer Chaim Rabinowitz 
 4. Baruch Rabinovich, [of Yassi] 5. Rabbi Yitzchak miYossi's wife Reb.Chana Chaya Rabinovich חנה חיה רבינוביץ. Her father Rabbi Baruch (Boruch'l) Ashkenazi [of Medzhibozh], רבי ברוך אשכנזי was the grandson of the Baal Shem Tov through Udel, daughter of Baal Shem Tov / אדל בת הבעש"ט, the daughter of the Baal Shem Tov. 6. Rabbi Yosef M'Yompoler 
7. Rabbi Yechiel Mechil of Drohobich



Father: Rabbi Yitzchok of of Drohobic ("Drubitch") 
 Mother: Miriam (or Feiga) 

Wife: Rechil


1. Yosef (of Yampeli) - Rabbi Yosef M'Yompoler 

2. Yitzchok (of Radvil) - 

3. Zeev (of Zbariz) - R' Binyomin Zev M'Zbariz 

4. Moshe (of Zevil) -

5. Mordechai (of Kramnitz) -

6. Miriam (married Dovid of Stepin) - Yentel (Her name was not Yentel -

Source: Toafot Harim page 312)




1) INFO ON RABBI YITZCHOK OF OF DROHOBIC ("DRUBITCH"): Father – Rabbi Yosef Spravidliver. Mother: Yenta “the prophetess”.


3) She used to have a profile on Geni, but it seemingly disappeared.

Rabbi Yisrael of Tchaun 
Rabbi Chaim of Stanuv 
Rabbi Yitzchok of Kalus [5] 
He also had a daugher who was married to Rabbi Getzil

Rabbi Yechiel Mechl of Drohobic ("Drubitch") - Rabbi Yechiel Mechil of Drohobich# (current profile!)[7]

6) INFO ON CHANA CHAVA: Father: Rabbi Boruch of Mezhibuzh (famous personality)

7) INFO ON RABBI YECHIEL MECHL OF DROHOBIC: Wife: Malka (NOT Rechil), daughter of Rabbi Mordechai of Chernobyl -