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Baal Shem Tov, R. Israel

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Baal Shem Tov, R. Israel: (lit. “Master of the Good Name”); Rabbi Yisrael ben Eliezer (1698-1760), founder of Chassidism
This past week, on the 18th of Elul, we marked the birthdays of two pioneers who devoted their lives to campaigning against negative campaigning...
People are increasingly asking themselves if social media and technology has given a disproportionate control of their lives to algorithms.
Dear Friend, With the 18th of Elul afoot, I think about my sweet parents. One of the great blessings of having parents is that it gives us the single best metaphor for our relationship with G‑d. Heaven protect us, heaven protect everyone, from being orpha...
At a mental health awareness event a few years ago, I heard a man describe his suicide attempt, in which he jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Few who have made that 220-foot jump have lived to tell their stories. But this man was one of ...
By Davora Lilian
Artist’s Statement: From the time of the Baal Shem Tov until the Holocaust, chassidim in the shtetls celebrated Shabbat in the most mystical manner. The holiness created an atmosphere so intense that one could imagine the synagogue hanging in the heavens!...
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