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Reflections on the Baal Shem Tov

Reflections on the Baal Shem Tov

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Every hundred years or so, a person comes along and changes the way we look at ourselves and our world. But there is something that is rarer still -- someone who will tell us something that we already know
There are many myths and legends about the Baal Shem Tov. Even the most fantastic ones, they say, are true. But there's one, very popular, myth that's not true: the Modern Jewish Legend of the Baal Shem Tov...
When the holy was finally allowed to penetrate to the depths where it belongs, heaven was made a neighborhood
A culture of emotional comatoseness and lethargy plagued Jewish living, until the Baal Shem Tov inspired a mass “re-Jew-venation.”
Biography of the Baal Shem Tov
A brief biographical overview of the founder of the Chasidic movement, Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov (1698-1760).
The Early Years
A brief biographical overview of the founder of the Chasidic movement, Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov (1698-1760).
The Baal Shem Tov
What are the roots of the Chassidic movement? What was the personage of its founder, Rabbi Yisroel Ba’al Shem Tov? Presented is a dialogue with noted scholars and historians as they trace the birth of Chassidism.