The Maggid and his followers are associated with Tzawat ha-Ribash (The Last Will and Testament of the Baal Shem Tov
) which includes: "He should attach his thoughts on high and he should not eat or drink overmuch and should not give himself pleasure." (36)
And Israel ben Eliezer, nicknamed Baal Shem Tov
(Besht), was declared such a figure.
Part One explores the transition to modernity, retracing the philosophical accomplishments of thinkers such as Moses Mendelssohn, Spinoza, and religious figures such as Baal Shem Tov
. This modern path embraces the concept that "remnants" of the radical past could provide ideas and impetus for re-envisioning the modern world.
But for that snowstorm, I wouldn't know the story I am about to repeat; I would not have known that my zeyde had an encounter with the Baal Shem Tov
(This was truly miraculous, since the Besht died 104 years before my grandfather was born); and !
Here he collects stories about Baal Shem Tov
(1700-60) that he finds to portray the great and holy figure adequately.
Knowledgeably compiled by Rabbi Eli Friedman and expertly translated by Rabbi Elchonon Lesches, The Great Mission: The Life And Story Of Rabbi Yisrael Baal Shem Tov
is the story of the man who first explained a new dimension of Jewish mystical concepts to the Judaic community.
Soul of Hope, an Epic Tale of the Baal Shem Tov
, 2 volume cassette, Story Power, www.storypower.com, told by Doug Lipman.
"Mystical Insights of the Early Hasidic Masters, Part One - The Baal Shem Tov
," a two-part program by Rabbi Asi Spiegel, will begin at 7 p.m.
Dillard tells us of the sturdy faith and poetic intelligence of Jesuit paleontologist and writer Teilhard de Chardin, the mystical delight of the Baal Shem Tov
, and obstetrics nurse Pat Eisberg, who stands at the lip of what Dillard calls "the wildest deep sea vent on earth ...
Outside of hasidic circles, which have produced memoirs in praise of their leaders ever since the Baal Shem Tov
, individual personality has seldom been a primary concern.
Based on the tradition founded by Israel Ben Eliezer (Baal Shem Tov
) in Russia in the eighteenth century--of whose life little is known--Hasidism may be regarded as an eastern European religious-mystical-revival movement.
It tells of the great Baal Shem Tov
, Hasidism's founding father, sitting in a room and studying Torah with his disciples.