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Other religions are based on a philosophy; their codes of conduct a direct consequence of their belief system. Judaism, however, is based on a Torah which is principally a book of rules. Jewish philosophy developed afterwards, and is based on the interpre...
The 18th of Elul commemorates the birth of the Baal Shem Tov and Rabbi Shneur Zalman, both pioneers in revealing the secrets of the Kabbalah, which brought a new life and energy to Judaism.
The Birthday of the Two Great Luminaries The Eighteenth of the month of Elul is “the birthday of the two great luminaries” The Previous Rebbe (Sefer HaSichos 5703, p. 142), quoting his father, the Rebbe Rashab. — the Baal Shem Tov (R. Yisrael ben R. Eliez...
A Chai Elul story
"Life" may be extremely difficult to define, but it is instantly recognizable
1734
After many years as a member of the society of "hidden tzaddikim", living under the guise of an ignorant clay-digger, Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov was instructed by his masters to reveal himself and begin to publicly disseminate his teachings. This he did o...
1698
Elul 18 is the birthday of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Chassidism Rabbi Israel was born in a small town in Ukraine in 1698. His father, Rabbi Eliezer, who was a member of the secret society of "hidden tzaddikim," passed away when ...
Baal Shem Tov born (1698). Chassidic Movement founded (1734). After many years as a member of the society of "hidden tzaddikim", living under the guise of an ignorant clay-digger, Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov was instructed by his masters to reveal himself ...
The birthday of the 'Besht' is a time to learn his teachings
The birthday of the 'Besht' is a time to learn his teachings
When the man saw me he asked: "What is a small child doing all alone in the forest? Are you not afraid to be in the forest all by yourself?"
You existed before you were born, and you're not going to be doing anything useful for a while; so what, exactly, are we celebrating?
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