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Baal Shem Tov, R. Israel: (lit. “Master of the Good Name”); Rabbi Yisrael ben Eliezer (1698-1760), founder of Chassidism
(5458-5520)
Israel Baal Shem Tov was born on the 18th day of Elul in the year 5458 in a little town called Okup in the Ukraine. The name 'Baal Shem Tov' meaning 'the master of the Name', was given him later, when he became known as a great and pious leader, with divi...
The city of Safed was devastated by an earthquake, and the brief renaissance of Jewish life there came to an end. However, the literary works produced in that short time spread across the Jewish world. Universally accepted was the Code of Jewish Law (Shul...
The Testament of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov
One of the earliest Chassidic texts, Tzava'at Harivash, is actually a manual of Chassidic directives, insights and guidance for deveikut, communion with G-d, culled from the teachings of the Baal Shem Tov and his successor, Rabbi Dovber of Mezritch.
Every need of the body can be a channel for the divine.
Chapter 8 of Positivity Bias
R' Yochanan ben Zakkai, a great Talmudic Sage and leader, once sent his students out into the world to ascertain the best advice for living a righteous and fulfilling life. When his student R. Eliezer ben Horkenus returned from his travels, he reported: “...
The presidents, the CEOs, the big investors--their doors are closed. But the door of the Creator of the Universe is always open.
Chapter 9 of Positivity Bias
Judaism does not believe in freedom of speech. There are certain ways of speaking about other people that are forbidden or discouraged. This heightened sensitivity to language is based on a profound respect for its power. Ultimately, words matter. Kabbala...
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