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The Kabbalists of Komarno: The Komarno Dynasty Part I

May 11, 2021

One of the most unusual dynasties in the annals of the Chassidic movement is the Komarno dynasty. Closely related to the Zhiditchov dynasty, it carved out its own niche in Galicia and beyond, with its emphasis on the study of Kabbalah and deep mysticism. The primary personality of the movement was Rav Yitzchak Eizek Safrin of Komarno (1806-1874), who was a prolific writer. Among his works are the acclaimed Heichal Habracha and the Shulchan Hatohar. He was in turn succeeded by his son Rav Eliezer Tzvi Safrin (1830-1898), known by his famous work the Damesek Eliezer.

Though much of the dynasty was tragically wiped out during the Holocaust, one grandson of the Damesek Eliezer had immigrated to the United States prior to the war's outbreak. Rav Chaim Yaakov Safrin set out to reestablish the Komarno court, and his son Rav Shalom ultimately rebuilt it in Jerusalem.
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