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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
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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