A new era began with the rise of R. Israel Baal Shem Tov who revealed and propagated the teachings of Chassidism. In this new stage mysticism was popularized on a much wider scale. Chassidism made it possible that not only the discerning scholar but everyone may `taste from the Tree of Life' and be inspired by it.

(See R. Chaim ibn Atar, Or Hachayim on Leviticus 6:2, and on Numbers 26:22, that the ``morning of the manifestation" would follow with the year 5500 (which coincides with the period of the Baal Shem Tov and the beginning of the Chassidic movement.)

The Baal Shem Tov propagated and disseminated ideas and ideals of Pnimiyut haTorah in such ways and manners as could be absorbed by all, by each relative to his own level. During his numerous travels he would address differing audiences with short and seemingly simple comments or parables relating to Torah and the Divine service. His pithy words were easily understood by simple folks at whom they were often directed and set their souls on fire to worship the Omnipresent with renewed vigor and enthusiasm. His words, however, invariably were based on, and contained and alluded to, profound premises and insights of the mystical depths of Torah. His scholarly disciples, too, therefore, could and would probe these teachings and meditate on them to extricate their inexhaustible lessons relating to themselves at their own level of scholarship and understanding.