The Arizal provided the spark, the Baal Shem Tov the fuel, and Rabbi Schneur Zalman the structure and form. The result was a new paradigm that turned the Jewish world-view on its head. Everything had to be reconsidered. Just as geophysicists eventually ca...
Many a scholarly mind of his day found the notion absurd. That G‑d cared about the righteous deeds of those who did His will, that they understood. But why on earth would a great G‑d care about a fallen leaf in some forsaken forest?
The Baal Shem Tov's conception of Hashgacha Pratis
From the talks of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson
Nothing happens by chance; even a leaf blowing in the wind does so because G-d wills it to. This book presents several analytical treatises by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, on the Baal Shem Tov's conception of H...
The fortitude to stand up to the Soviets tormentors
By Moishe New
The Sixth Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak, related regarding his ordeal at the hands of the Soviets in 1927, that had he not, prior to his arrest, invoked a particular teaching of the Baal Shem Tov, he doubts whether he would have been able to endure h...
Looking back at history we can often uncover a guiding Divine providence in many situations. What about the Divine providence in our own history? How many apparently coincidental events in our lives made us who we are?
Every conceivable kind of breast cancer was explained, as well as resources where I could obtain whatever I needed. I didn’t read any of it. It terrified me. I was numb, and felt that I had lost control of my life . . .