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Rebbe Dovid (David) Biederman (Bidermann) of Lelov (Poland) was in fact born in a neighbourhood village of Biala (Bialeh) in 1745 into the family of Salomon (Shlomo) Cwi (Tzvi), a respected and modest householder and Rebekha (Rebecca) of Bielsko Biala (a city in southern Poland)  As with many Chasidic masters, his early years are shrouded in mythical stories and legends to emphasize his extraordinary character from the very beginning.

He came from poor but religious and reputable family that was able to prove its lineage back to King David himself.
In Tiferet Beit David (The Glory of the House of David) (Jerusalem, 1968), Rabbi Moshe Yair Weinstock includes the appendix Mekor Niftach Le-Beit David (The Origin of the House of David Revealed). It is a genealogy of the family of Dovid Biederman, Admor of Lelow, purportedly dating back to Adam. It includes a list of 114 generations and notes corresponding to the names. It is nothing unusual indeed as many Chasidic and non-Chasidic families claim to have their roots anchored in King David whether it is through Rashi or Jehuda Loev the Elder.  Many of the tzaddikim chasidic masters), mainly those, who were recognised as the Masters of the first three generations simply lacked Yihus, had no scholar background, rabbinic genealogy or prominent connections, therefore their immediate disciples and followers had to enrich the past by adding some graceful details here and there.
Tzaddikim tended to be the charismatic leaders not only of secondary elitism originating from the masses but also scions of the old Jewish aristocracy, the offspring of the noble scholars or Talmudists.

As we have already mentioned, in case of Dovid Biederman, the egalitarian character of his movement has never been an issue. It rather drifted towards inclusivity allowing the poorest and the richest to participate on the same level. In fact, Rabi Dovid has always had a special place in his heart and prays for those, who lacked wealth as he also had been born into the family of limited means. He has never gained any wealth himself maintaining his small shop that could barely provide for the family. As years passed he has also become a recogised miracle-maker. As legend has it, even Napoleon turned to David for help while passing Lelov on his way to Russia.
The big impact of tzadikim’s charisma and legendary healing skills also managed to attract the masses, who magnetised by some stories about those spiritual leaders, travelled miles only to be illuminated by their pious powers.

Even after his death (1814), the grave of David Biederman of Lelov kept attracting pilgrims from all over the country. On the anniversary of Dovid’s death the whole town (Jewish town) used to be in a very high mood awaiting ecstatic prayers and celebration. One could think that he indeed travelled to Jerusalem instead of  a polish town of Lelov, as so many Jews arrived. Dressed in some white garments, that traditionally symbolise spiritual purity they travelled to ohel of Rabbi Dovid often dancing in the middle of the market. The pilgrims believed that annual celebration and prayers at tzadik’s shrine would bring them a good, prosperous year as it had been promised by Dovid shortly before he passed away. Today, after 196 years, othodox Jews still pilgrimage to Dovid's shrine. Every year in late January, they arrive from all over the world to celebrate and sanctify Dovid's  miraculocus and pious  life and receive some blessings from the old chasidic master.






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Hi lukkija,
Thanks for the article. We can fix up the presentation. Were you going to add more after thats fixed or leave it as is?
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  Quote lukkija Quote  Comment ReplyReply Direct Link To This Comment Posted: 27 Jan 2010 at 12:55
Could you fix it up please? I plan to add some more,thanks
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Done, though  I'm not sure I got the paragraphs the way you wanted them. I think the problem was you copied directly from word. In future try copying from word into notepad to remove the formatting and then into the web-browser
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