Medzhybizh Castle in 1871
The Orthodox church under renovation inside Medzhybizh castle. Originally built in 1586 as a Polish Catholic church.
The Kaliver Rebbe, Holocaust survivor, inspiring his court on the festival of Sukkot
19th-century mill buildings adjacent to the mill dam and the lake on the Southern Bug
Kvitel requests for blessing piled on the graves of the last Lubavitcher Rebbes
Monument to the approximately 3,000 Medzhybizh Jews who were executed in three nearby ravines in 1942
Hasidic family in Borough Park, Brooklyn. The man is wearing a shtreimel, and either a bekishe or a rekel. The woman is wearing a wig, called a sheitel, as she is forbidden to show her hair in public.
The fortress-like Sirkes Shul in Medzhybizh, probably built in the 17th century (photo taken in 1935)
Rabbi Moshe Leib Rabinovich, Munkacser Rebbe, wearing a kolpik
The interior of the main Sirkes Shul in Medzhybizh in 1930
The Dorohoi Rebbe in his traditional rabbinical Sabbath garb
Exterior of the Baal Shem Tov's Shul in Medzhybizh, c. 1915. This original shul no longer exists, but was recently re-created.
Sculpture of the Hasidic movement's celebration of spirituality on the Knesset Menorah
Another view of the Baal Shem Tov's Shul, c. 1915
Israel ben Eliezer's autograph
Interior of the Baal Shem Tov's Shul, c. 1915
Shivchei HaBesht (Praises of the Baal Shem Tov), the first compilation of Hasidic hagiographic storytelling, was printed from manuscripts in 1815
18th-century gravestones at the old Jewish cemetery in Medzhybizh
Palace of the Ruzhin dynasty, known for its "royal" mannerism, in Sadhora.
Gravestone of the Baal Shem Tov in Medzhybizh
Belzer Rebbe Aharon Rokeach (depicted 1934), who was hidden from the Nazis and smuggled out of Europe.

It is known as the birthplace of the Jewish Hasidic mystical religious movement.

- Medzhybizh

By the 1740s, it is verified that he relocated to the town of Medzhybizh and became recognized and popular in all Podolia and beyond.

- Hasidic Judaism

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Grave of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

Nachman of Breslov

Grave of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov
River in Bratslav, central-west Ukraine
Outside the modern-day synagogue which serves as the ohel for the grave of Reb Nachman

Nachman of Breslov (נחמן מברסלב), also known as Reb Nachman of Bratslav, Reb Nachman Breslover (רבי נחמן ברעסלאווער), and Nachman from Uman (April 4, 1772 – October 16, 1810), was the founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement.

Reb Nachman was born on April 4, 1772 (Rosh Chodesh of Nisan) in the town of Międzybóż, which is in the Podolia region of the then Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth and which is now in Ukraine.

Gravestone of the Baal Shem Tov in Medzhybizh (before restoration in 2006–2008) bearing the inscription רבי ישראל בעל שם טוב

Baal Shem Tov

Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer (c.

Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer (c.

Gravestone of the Baal Shem Tov in Medzhybizh (before restoration in 2006–2008) bearing the inscription רבי ישראל בעל שם טוב
Exterior of the Baal Shem Tov's synagogue in Medzhybizh, circa 1915. This shul no longer exists, having been destroyed by the Nazis. However, an exact replica was erected on its original site as a museum.
The Baal Shem Tov's personal Siddur (now in Chabad library archive #1994)
1758 Polish tax census of Medzhybizh showing "Baal Shem" as occupying house #95
A well outside Medzhybizh thought to be hand-dug by the Baal Shem Tov that still contains fresh water.
A portrait of Hayyim Samuel Jacob Falk (the Baal Shem of London), and not Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer (the Baal Shem Tov)
Baal Shem Tov’s shul reconstructed (as a museum); August 4, 2008
Ohel of Baal Shem Tov; August 4, 2008
New guesthouse and synagogue next to Ohel of Baal Shem Tov (work in progress); August 4, 2008

undefined 1698 – 22 May 1760), known as the Baal Shem Tov (בעל שם טוב, ) or as the Besht, was a Jewish mystic and healer from Poland who is regarded as the founder of Hasidic Judaism.

He died in Medzhybizh (Меджибіж, Międzybóż, מעזשביזש), which was part of Poland and today is situated in the Khmelnytskyi Oblast (Ukraine) (not to be confused with other cities of the same name).