(1150 - 1217)
Rabbi Yehudah HaChassid was one of the main teachers
of the Chassidei Ashkenaz and one of the most profound ethical
teachers who ever lived.
He was the author-editor of Sefer Chassidim,
a profound ethical/halachic treatise which has come down to us in two
separate editions. The book has achieved great popularity and has been
reprinted many times.
Rav Yehudahs father, Shmuel, was a saintly and
renowned Rosh Yeshiva in Speyer, and Rav Yehudah studied under him.
His contemporaries said of him: Had he lived
in the times of the prophets, he would have been a prophet; in the time
of the tannaim, he would have been a tanna; in the time of the amoraim,
an amora ...