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fanned out across Mesopotamia, the Levant, Egypt and the Mediterranean basin in search of new lands in which to practice their faith.
Some stayed in Spain, Portugal and Italy, and from there migrated to Europe.
I spent an hour with the chair and then I went down and talked to the head of Breslov.
He asked me why the chair was so important to me.” She told him that the only thing she knew about her family’s history was that her great-grandmother Rivkah’s grandfather or great-grandfather had been Baruch, the (ritual slaughterer) of the town of Tiplik, and that he had carved Rebbe Nachman’s chair.
In 1997, when asked to participate in a film about her parents (The , which would go on to win the Israel Academy’s award for best documentary in 2000), she was hesitant.
She agreed on the condition that the producer and director would arrange for her to see the chair of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov.
There, the King David line continued: Princes of the House of David were appointed by religious leaders to govern the Jewish community.
The chair, revered as a holy relic by Breslovers because of its connection with their founder, had been brought from Ukraine to Israel and lovingly refurbished.
It was kept in the men’s section of the Breslov synagogue in Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim. ” she says, “they carried it up to the women’s section, which had never been done before.
She was also related to the first Lubavitcher Rebbe and founder of Chabad, Shneur Zalman of Liadi.
Through these great rabbis, she was told, she was a descendant of King David.
Not any chair, but the hand-carved chair of Rebbe Nachman, the 18th century founder of the Breslover Hasidic sect in the Ukraine.