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Learn about the life and teachings of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov, the 18th century mystic who permanently changed the Jewish landscape.

The Baal Shem Tov

The Baal Shem Tov

Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov (1698-1760), Founder of the Chassidic Movement


Through his teachings – and perhaps even more so through his passionate love – Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov, founder of the chassidic movement, permanently transformed the Jewish landscape. Forevermore changed was the Jewish perspective on G‑d, the Torah, the Jewish nation, and every one of G‑d’s creations—and the essential unity within all these previously-thought-to-be disparate components. More...

The Baal Shem Tov was a leader who revolutionized Jewish thought and breathed new life into a swooning nation. The effects of his teachings continue to be felt today.
Life and Times
The Baal Shem Tov remains a unique personality in Jewish history. His teachings touched the entire Jewish nation, scholarly and unlearned alike.