Yet Another Piece In The Puzzle
Today, Yitz posted a piece entitled, "Why Did The Ohev Yisrael Leave Apta?" which confirms an earlier piece of information that I discovered about when the Degel Machaneh Ephraim left my family's shtetl of Sudilkov. An article in this week’s English HaModia magazine written by Shia Ellen states:
The Jews of Medzibuzh had become accustomed to having a venerable tzaddik in their midst. Only half a century earlier, the Baal Shem Tov had resided there. For the past twelve years, it had been his grandson, the Rebbe Reb Baruch, and for the twelve years before that the Rebbe Reb Baruch’s older brother, Rebbe Moshe Chaim Efraim of Sudylkov, the author of the Degel Machaneh Efraim, had served as their Rebbe.
These twelve years began in 1788 when the Degel left Sudilkov and ended in 1800 when he passed away on the 17th of Iyar. Record of this date when he settled in Mezhibuz is also noted in Degel Machaneh Ephaim, Parshas Bo where he wrote that he was "po b'kahal kadosh Mezhibuz" - "here in the holy community of Mezhibuz."