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Parables of the Baal Shem Tov

A repository for parables told by the Baal Shem Tov, along with their lessons.

The Baal Shem Tov, in his earlier years, was known to dress as a simple shepherd and preach from the top of a barrel in the marketplace. He captured his audience with enrapturing tales and parables…
The King Who Made Heroes of His People
A Parable of the Baal Shem Tov
A true leader makes all his people into heroes.
The Prince and the Pretty Maiden
A Parable of the Baal Shem Tov
A good teacher is one that can turn a bad trait into a good one.
The Fantasy Maze of the Elusive King
A Parable of the Baal Shem Tov
The world is to its Maker as the shell is to the tortoise.
The Pauper’s Request
A Parable of the Baal Shem Tov
For there was no person to whom the king felt greater kindred of spirit than to this pauper of paupers…
Three Friends and Three Dogs
A Parable of the Baal Shem Tov
A king had three friends. But he was informed that they were not his friends. So he gave each of the three friends a royal dog.
Learn about the life and teachings of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov, the 18th century mystic who permanently changed the Jewish landscape.
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