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The Zeidie and Rav Nachman

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On the 19th of Shvat, the Shpola Zeida, a disciple of the Maggid of Mezerich (the 2nd leader of chassidus after the Baal Shem Tov) and one of the founders of the mainstream chassidus’s of today, the Shpola Zeidie society holds an annual commemoration of a miracle saving the life of the tzadik 11 generations ago.

The event was held in Crown Heights, Brooklyn (an area primarily populated by Chabad chassidim today) and was attended by over 100 of the tzadik’s descendants.

In 1810 the tzadik visited the Alter Rebbe (the first rebbe of Chabad) and related to him that when he was a child of 3 he saw the Baal Shem Tov. “He placed his holy hand on my heart and ever since I have felt warm.”

The Shpola Zeide Society claims to have found over 750 descendants and in the now 11th generation. They also said that Zeide's family came from Spain with the name of Gerondi, which is the same family as the Ramban.  They also say he was a descendant of the Maharal of Prague.

After the miracle that saved the tzadik’s life he instructed all his children, grandchildren and future descendants to make an annual seudah on the 19th of Shvat thanking Hashem for the miracles that saved his life.

Many have heard the stories of strife that went on between Rebbe Nachman of Breslev and the Shpoler Zeide.  (the author writes) I was invited by my friend who is a descendant of the tzadik, the Shpoler Zeide.  And me (the author of this story, not the bloggers), I am a descendant of Rebbe Nachman of Breslev.

So it may have taken a while but in our generation the descendants of one tzaddik who had strife with another sit down together to celebrate the miracles of Hashem.

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