By Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein
From the Targumim Series – Subscribe to the Series
Meor Einayim is one of the most important texts of early chassidus. The author, Rav Menachem Nachum, was a talmid of both the Besht and his successor, the Magid of Mezerich. He was also known as the Maggid of Chernobyl, famous for his derashos in many communities. Meor Einayim represents only a small fraction of his work – pieces that he culled from his much larger oeuvre, and allowed for publication.
He left an indelible park on chassidus, as those who came after him branched out into groups like Tolna, Skver, Chernobyl, and Rachmastrivka.
The content of many of the pieces is deep and abstruse. At the same time, it provides an excellent portal into parts of kabbalah that are foundational to chassidus. Many of the pieces are long. As I have done with previous seforim in this series, I will abstract portions of those longer pieces to make them suitable for the Torah.org format.
As always, my hope is that these pieces will serve as bait to get readers hooked – and then go on to properly learn them in the original.