This Day in Jewish History Gur Hasidic Dynasty Founder Dies in Poland

Yitzchak Meir Alter was known for his intellect, scholarship and the respect he earned from rabbis who were opposed to Hasidism.

On March 10, 1866, Yitzchak Meir Alter, founder of the Gur Hasidic dynasty, died in the Polish town of Gora Kalwaria (Gur, or Ger, is the Yiddish name of the town).