The Light and Fire of the Baal Shem Tov

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A&C Black, 2005 M01 1 - 420 pages
Features the life, in stories, of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov (1700-1760), the founder of Hasidism. The Baal Shem Tov, or the Besht, as he is commonly called, led a revival in Judaism that put love and joy at the center of religious life and championed the

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Contents

Praise Promise and Prayer
1
The Authors Prayer
7
The Setting
11
The PreBeshtian Hasidim and the Hidden Tzaddikim
13
A Mission as a Teacher and Baal Shem
121
A Movement Forms and Opposition Grows
178
A Mature Teacher Full of Wisdom and Love
219
Toward Redemption with the Sting of Persecution and Heresy
288
To Death and Beyond
340
ILLUSTRATIONS
355
GLOSSARY
409
BIBLIOGRAPHY
417
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Yitzak Buxbaum is a maggid, a traditional Jewish Storyteller.

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