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Baal Shem Tov

, Baal Shem Tob
original name Israel ben Eliezer ?1700--60, Jewish religious leader, teacher, and healer in Poland: founder of modern Hasidism
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16) Even after the Maggid began studying with the Besht, he continued, to some extent at least, with his earlier ascetic ways of fasting and self-affliction despite the fact that the Besht opposed such practices.
The Besht actively tried to wean his disciples from their ascetic practices.
22) While the Besht seemed to stress radiant visionary perceptions, he virtually ignored self abnegation.
Almost all of the senior disciples of the Besht did not accept the Maggid as his successor.
It transmitted the luminous inner-circle teachings of the Besht and tried to translate them into a clear social directive.
Allan Nadler makes very clear the gulf between the Maggid and the Besht.
the Besht and Maggid) these can be achieved through meditation.
47) The Besht re-established the inherent goodness of bodily pleasure in Jewish life.
22) Schochet (53) tries to strengthen their intellectual relationship by referring to texts that claim that the Maggid went to the Besht "in the quiet and secrecy of the night.