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Yehudah HaChassid

(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 Yehudah’s 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 ...’

Sources: Orthodox Union