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 Besht not only rejected self-mortification, but he mandated the use of material pleasures as a means of spiritual elevation.
The Besht warned people against such practices, fearing that they would lead to melancholy, not joy.
In the school of the Great Maggid, in a collection of Hasidic teachings entitled Liqqutei Yeqarim, the Besht is reported as saying that:
Such good people," the Besht said "but, my good baal tefila, you must leave them.
About the same time, Besht also abandoned the ascetic lifestyle.
My other lovely besht friend Andy who looksh like a Swan Veshta wantsh the poor people in his shopsh but says he will tell them off and get a policeman if they try to buy drunkies.
This material is vividly collected in Chapter Four, "The Besht as Mystic and Pioneer in Divine Worship.
In Souls On Fire, he opens the possibility of beginning from nothing but the aleph-bet, when he retells a story in which the Besht manages to recover all of his powers simply through his scribe's knowing the aleph-bet.
Pinhas was nominated by the Besht to succeed him (alongside Rabbi Dov Ber, the Maggid of Miedzyrzez) but he declined the nomination (Circle, pp.
The Baal Shem Tov, or the Besht, as he is commonly called, led a revival in Judaism that put love and joy at the center of religious life and championed the piety of the common folk against the rabbinic establishment.
Assuming that the Besht was indeed orphaned at a young age, the problem of mistaking metaphor for reality is avoided.
Rather than concentrate on the Besht himself (we have, after all, two recent books by Moshe Rosman and Immanuel Etkes on him), Hundert discusses the "contexts" in which the new movement arose and spread.