Baal Shem Tov

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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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The Ba'al Shem Tov repelled some other Jews by his activity as a miracle worker.
Although Etkes regularly refers to the seminal contribution of Gershom Scholem on the Besht and early Hasidism, his primary foil is the more recent monograph by Moshe Rosman, Founder of Hasidism: A Quest for the Historical Ba'al Shem Tov (1996).
Schechter believed in love, referring in an essay on Hasidism to the Ba'al Shem Tov as an exemplar of hitlahavut--a deep love.
The Ba'al Shem Tov, founder of Chasidism and one of our great sages, who lived in 18th-century Poland, once said: "Forgetfulness leads us into exile.
For example, he sees similarities between the wondrous acts of Sufi holy men and those of Hasidic rabbis, beginning with the founder of Hasidism, Ba'al Shem Tov.
of the Ba'al Shem Tov School of Jewish Psychology, and his unique approach to mathematics in Torah is now the basis of a new math curriculum for Jewish schools.
His literary model for the transmission of the Jesus stories are the materials concerning Israel Ba'al Shem Tov (1698-1760), which purportedly record his oral stories of the miracles, faith-healings, establishment-criticisms, and teachings to his disciples.
The Ba'al Shem Tov says that memory is the secret of redemption, and YosefYerushalmi, in Zakhor, reminds us that Jews, while not the fathers of history, are "the fathers of meaning in history.