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A brief biographical overview of the founder of the Chasidic movement, Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov (1698-1760).

The Baal Shem Tov, Part 1

The Baal Shem Tov, Part 1

Biography of the Baal Shem Tov

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The Baal Shem Tov - Part 1: Biography of the Baal Shem Tov

A brief biographical overview of the founder of the Chasidic movement, Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov (1698-1760).
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Rabbi Immanuel Schochet (1935–2013) wrote and lectured extensively on the history and philosophy of Chassidism and topical themes of Jewish thought and ethics. He was a renowned authority on Jewish philosophy and mysticism. He was rabbi of Cong. Beth Joseph, and professor of Philosophy at Humber College, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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Isser Zalman May 21, 2010

Okop Rabbi Schochet notes that nobody has been able to identify the location of Okop, the birthplace of the Baal Shem Tov. I believe this town has been clearly identified as noted in the periodical Heichal HaBesh"t volume 3, published by Heichal Menachem of Boro Park, 2003. Reply

Richard Rafa May 20, 2010

Finally i have been waiting to see you Rabbi Schochet time moves so fast i forget my self. You have truly done the Jewish people a service to teach. Such focus, it is like a tree in the middle of the desert,one must need that shade in order to bare his soul. i have listened to your lectures and don't worry about staying on the subject you may talk about what ever Hashem breaths into your nostrils. You have done good things in your time on earth and you will always be very respected as the root of the Torah tree. i am just a seedling not yet strong enough to withstand a heavy storm hoping that the Torah tree will protect me One day. Reply

Maria Martinez Monte Vista, Colorado May 19, 2010

The Baal Shem Tov Part One Rabbi Schochet, I really enjoyed this lecture. It was very interesting and I will be listening to Part Two. Reply

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