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The Maiden of Ludmir: A Jewish Holy Woman and Her World

Nathaniel Deutsch


Hannah Rochel Verbermacher, a Hasidic holy woman known as the Maiden of Ludmir, was born in early-nineteenth-century Russia and became famous as the only woman in the three-hundred-year history of Hasidism to function as a rebbe—or charismatic leader—in her own right. This book follows the traces left by the Maiden in both history and legend to fully explore her story for the first time. It offers insights into the Jewish mystical tradition, into the Maiden's place within it, and into the remarkable Jewish community of Ludmir. Her biography ultimately becomes a provocative meditation on the co ... More

Keywords: Hannah Rochel Verbermacher, Maiden of Ludmir, Russia, rebbe, Jewish mystical tradition, Kabbalah, dybbuk, evil spirit, holy women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780520231917
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520231917.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nathaniel Deutsch, author