1789 - 1866 (25 Adar 5626) ISAAC MEIR ROTHENBERG ALTER (Poland)
Scholar and Hassidic leader. Isaac Meir was recognized as an outstanding scholar from an early age. His Novellae on the
Talmud and the Shulchan Aruch are known as Chidushei Ha-rim and are still classical texts today. He was a follower of the Kutzk branch of Hasidim and became their leader. Isaac Meir founded the dynasty of Gur Hasidim which was one of the leading
Hasidic groups in Europe. He believed strongly in not separating himself, but working directly, on daily problems with ordinary people.