"Gates to Jewish Heritage- Levi Yitzchak
born in 1740 into a distinguished rabbinical family;
his father was a rabbi in Hoshakov, Galicia. Levi Yitzhak
married into a wealthy family and had settled down to
a life of scholarship when he made the acquaintance
of the chasid Schmelke of Nickolsburg, who won him over
to the camp of the Chasidim.
the first thirteen years of his career as a Hasidic leader,
Levi Yitzhak was driven from one pulpit to the next under
attack by the Mitnagdim (non-Hasidics). Eventually
he arrived in Berditchev, where things went much better
for him. He served there without opposition for the last
twenty-five years of his life.
to the Besht, Rabbi Levi Yitzhak is one of the most beloved
of Hasidic leaders, and the one who appears most frequently
in fictional treatments of Chasidism: dozens
of plays, stories, and poems exist that feature Levi Yitzhak
as their hero. His most characteristic posture in popular
memory is that of attorney at the heavenly bar-disputer,
bargainer, and pleader with God in the tradition of Abraham,
Moses, and Job. He died in 1810.
to Jewish Heritage- Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev," 5
Nov. 2004 <http://www.jewishgates.com/file.asp?File_ID=280>.