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  Baal Shem - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Baal Shem in Hebrew translates as "Master of the Name", and is almost always used in reference to Israel ben Eliezer, the Rabbi who founded Hasidic Judaism and was called the Baal Shem Tov.
Not many people with this title have been recorded (outside of the Baal Shem Tov, the Baal Shem of Michelstadt was one example) and none have it today.
Other Baalei Shem include Rabbi Eliyahu of Worms (the founder of the movement variously known as "Macheneh Yisrael", the "Nistarim", and the "Holy Brotherhood"), Rabbi Joel of Ropshitz (a student of Rabbi Yoel Sirkis), and Rabbi Adam Baal Shem.
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 Baal Shem   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Baal Shem in Hebrew translates as "Master of the Name", meaning someone who due to his ability to perform super- and supra-good deeds that benefit others, is "given" the title by those who recognize or have benefited from his powers.
Shem A Seventh-Day Adventist perspective on the son of Noah.
Shem, King of the Righteous City Rabbinic commentary on the son of Noah's life in the land of Israel.
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 Baal Shem Tov
Baal Shem taught (Garden of the Hasidim) to cleave to the Divine that is within you.
It is told: Once, when the Baal Shem was on a journey, and stopped at the house of one of his disciples, Rabbi David Leikes, a goverenment order was proclaimed to the effect that on a certain day, at noon, that Talmud was to be burned wherever a volume was found.
In the morning after davening the Baal Shem Tov was relaxed and joyful, and he accepted the invitation of one of the townsmen to the morning Shabbos meal.
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 Israel ben Eliezer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The name "Baal Shem Tov" is usually translated into English as "Master of the Good Name", with "Tov" ("Good") modifying "Shem" ("[Divine] Name"), although it is more correctly understood as a combination of Baal Shem ("Master of the [Divine] Name") and Tov (an honorific epithet to the man).
The appellation "Baal Shem" was not unique to Rabbi Yisrael ben Eliezer; however, it is Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer who has achieved near synonymity with "Baal Shem", being as he was the founder of the spiritual movement of Hasidic Judaism.
After many trips in Podolia and Volhynia as a Baal Shem, Besht, considering his following large enough and his authority established, decided (about 1740) to expound his teachings in the little city of Międzyborz; and the people, mostly from the lower classes, came to listen to him.
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 Rabbi Yisrael Baal Shem Tov 1698 - 1760
The early life of Rabbi Yisrael Baal Shem Tov is surrounded by mystery.
The Baal Shem Tov's teachings were largely based upon the Kabalistic teachings of the AriZal (Rabbi Yitzchak Luria (1534-72)) but his approach made the benefits of these teachings accessible even to the simplest Jew.
The Baal Shem Tov was a member of the three man delegation that represented the Jews.
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 The Baal Shem Tov
Israel ben Eliezer, the Baal Shem Tov, or BeSHT ("Possessor of the Good Name" or "Master of the Divine Name") was born in the Ukraine in 1700 and died in Podolia in 1760.
The Mystical Meditation of the Baal Shem Tov and Jung
A follower, a generation removed, of the Baal Shem Tov was the eighteenth century Polish Kabbalist Rabbi Schnuer Zalman, founder of the Chabad (named after the first letter of the three "intellectual" sefirot ­ Hokhmah, Binah, and Daat) or Lubavitcher (after the town of Lubavitch in Poland where it originated) sect of Hassidism.
www.kheper.net /topics/Kabbalah/Baal_Shem_Tov.htm   (283 words)

 The Baal Shem Tov
The Baal Shem Tov did not found a school of thought, though he is regarded as the founder of modern Hasidism.
The Baal Shem Tov was one with all, and everyone, however lowly and unworthy in the eyes of the people had free access to him, and found in him a great helper.
Many miracles are attributed to the Baal Shem Tov and it is said that he taught even the angels, even as legend accounts angels among the disciples of Lord Buddha.
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 Baal Shem Tov   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Baal Shem Tov was the founder of the Hasidim movement in Poland around 1750.
The Hasidim movement evolved because of Baal Shem Tov's opposition to the rationalism of the Talmud.
The emphasis for Baal Shem Tov was on pure rapture, miracles, an immediate approach to the Messiah, an emotional exaltation in prayer and communion with God through ecstasy was the mystical way to the true life and the wholly God-steeped religion.
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God, to the Baal Shem Tov, was a loving partner to be approached with reverence and fear, true, but with laughter and gaiety, as well.
At the core of the Baal Shem Tov's beliefs was that the word of God could be passed on through legend and metaphor, stories that at times approach the wonderful enigma of a Zen koan.
This series of paintings captures the Baal Shem Tov's joyous manner of worship and the legends that he engendered.
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 Baal Shem Tov
It was in this environment that the Baal Shem Tov was born.
After a brief discussion the Rabbi surmised that the Baal Shem Tov was not a simpleton as the brother contended, but a learned man, and for this reason the late father had made a contract with his daughter.
The Baal Shem Tov died in the year 1760 and was buried in the village of Megibez, in the Ukraine.
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 Reb Yisroel, The Baal Shem Tov ZT"L
During this period, the Baal Shem Tov reached such a high level in his avodas Hashem that it was said that Eliyahu Hanavi and Achiyah Hashiloni revealed themselves to him and taught him the secrets of the Torah.
The Baal Shem Tov was displeased that his disciple wrote down kabalistic secrets and the paper became "lost." As the moment drew near for Reb Wolf to blow the shofar, Reb Wolf began to look for his paper, but he was unable to find it.
The Baal Shem Tov's daughter, Adel, was married to the tzaddik Reb Yechiel Ashkenazi.
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 Rabbi Scheinerman's Home Page - Baal Shem Tov
The Baal Shem Tov taught his followers that God is to be worshiped with great joy -- enthusiastic singing and exuberant dancing -- and that the mystical approach to God (Kabbalah) was superior to the dry, legalistic scholarship of the Talmudic scholars of his day.
The Baal Shem Tov asked the Messiah when he would come, and the Messiah replied that he would come when the Besht's teachings were revealed to the world so that others could ascend and achieve union with the godhead.
The mystical theology of Kabbalah, as taught by the Baal Shem Tov, was accessible to all, where the scholarship of the Sages of Vilna was accessible to few.
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 Baal Shem Tov
The Baal Shem Tov, founder of Hasidism (also, Chassidism or Hassidism), writes that he rose to the spiritual worlds.
He had an out-of-the-body experience and he writes about the levels, how he went up to the palace of the Messiah and asked the Messiah when he’s going to come to the earth.
Baal Shem Tov wrote these letters to his brother-in-law and we have the original manuscripts — they’ve been published," he said.
www.spiritualworld.org /hasidic/baalshemtov.htm   (149 words)

 Baal Shem Tov - Founder of Hasidism (1700-1760)
When the Baal Shem Tov's disciples tried to write down his sayings, he gently chided them, "There is nothing of me in your pages; you thought you heard what I didn't say." His ecstatic joy would not sit still on a page or be contained in a doctrine.
The Baal Shem Tov -- "Master of the Good Name" -- was the title given to Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer of Mezbizk, the founder of Hasidic Judaism.
Martin Buber, the twentieth-century Jewish philosopher, was the first to popularize the tales and legends of the Baal Shem Tov and the early Hasidic masters, thus helping to carry their message far beyond their original home in Eastern Europe.
www.gratefulness.org /giftpeople/BaalShemTov.htm   (618 words)

 Encyclopedia: Baal Shem
Hebrew is a Semitic language of the Afro-Asiatic language family spoken by 6 million people mainly in Israel, parts of the Palestinian territories, the United States and by Jewish communities around the world.
The term God is capitalized in the English language as a proper noun when used to refer to a specific monotheistic concept of a Supreme Being in accordance with Christian, Jewish (as G-d - cf.
Beelzebub Beelzebub (more accurately Ba‘al Zebûb or Ba‘al Zəbûb), appears as the name of a deity worshipped in the Philistine city of Ekron.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Baal-Shem   (1108 words)

 Legends of the Baal Shem Tov
Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer, known as the Baal Shem Tov, was born in 1698 in Okup in the Carpathian mountains in Podolia.
The Baal Shem Tov taught a new approach to mysticism: the Hassidic dimension rather than the kabbalistic.
The Baal Shem Tov’s uniquely joyful approach to prayer, to study, to observance of the Commandments and to love of one's fellow led to the rise of a new movement, Hassidism.
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 Baal Shem Tov   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Baal Shem Tov was happy in his poverty.
Believing that the highest form of prayer was an attitude of joy and happiness, of singing and dancing, he taught his followers that a good deed was worth more than all the adherence to the 613 Mitzvoth.
We may not ourselves be able to live according to the teachings of the Baal Shem Tov.
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 Baal Shem Tov
Interestingly enough, in the year the Baal Shem Tov was born, a new printing of the Sheloh was published, this time in clear, large type.
The Baal Shem Tov and the chassidic movement was a big thorn in the side of these politically correct Jews.
The Baal Shem Tov was a student of the Kaballa of Rabbi Yitzchaak Luria, the "Arizal" -- as were so many of his contemporary scholars.
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Saturday night, as the Baal Shem was preparing to leave, he could not resist asking his mysterious German Shabbos host for an explanation of the purpose of that great joyous feast he hosted earlier in the day.
The Baal Shem understood that G-d is more satisfied with the way this man currently keeps Shabbos then if he were to change his approach and abide by all the laws of Shabbos.
The Baal Shem wanted to inform him that the Torah was not given to angels and that Shabbos is a time to enjoy the heavenly bliss.
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 Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov (The Besht)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Biographical Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov (The Besht) 18 Elul 5458 - 6 Sivan 5520 (1698-1760)
One of the most important known documents written by the Baal Shem Tov is known as the Holy Epistle.
The Baal Shem Tov died on the sixth of Sivan 5520 (1760).
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 About the Legends of the Baal Shem Tov
The Baal Shem, as far as I'm concerned, was the most influential spiritual master of the Jewish people for the past 300 years.
It is because of my understanding of the Holy Baal Shem Tov, early Chasidism, and its relevance to this generation, I have devoted the past three years of my life to translating and reworking previously untranslated legends.
But no! The Baal Shem Tov converted most of these rabbis to his path, and the rabbis who left were put at ease.
www.hasidicstories.com /Articles/Learning_From_Stories/klein_intro.html   (2597 words)

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Israel Baal shem Tov naquit en 5458 (1698) dans un petit village de Tlost près de la frontière entre la Russie et la Pologne.
Le Baal Shem Tov donnait une importance particulière à la prière qui devait être faite avec beaucoup d'enthousiasme et avec une grande concentration de l'esprit, ce qui exerce une grande influence sur les hautes sphères et sur les mondes spirituels supérieurs.
Le Baal Shem Tov sentait un profond désir de s'installer en Terre Sainte.
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 JHOM - Nahman of Bratslav - Baal Shem Tov   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
He is commonly known as the Besht, the acronym for Ba'al Shem Tov, or Master of the Good Name.
He and his disciples employed the story or anecdote to inspire their followers with the love of God and man. They succeeded in implanting faith and confidence, righteous and hope, joy and gaiety in the hearts of despondent and poverty-stricken Jews throughout Eastern Europe.
During this period he earned a reputation as a healer, or ba'al shem, who worked wonders by means of herbs, talismans, and amulets inscribed with the divine name.
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 Rabbi Zvi ben ha-Baal Shem Tov   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
For a time, the Baal Shem Tov settled in Brody, where he married the sister of a renowned scholar, Rabbi Avraham Gershon Kitover.
In the year1760 when the Baal Shem Tov passed away, the Chassidic Movement was at a crucial juncture, requiring strong, dynamic leadership.
The disciples had gathered for the first yahrzeit of the Baal Shem Tov and were seated around a table with Rabbi Tzvi at their head.
www.judaicaplus.com /Tzadikim/tzvi.htm   (534 words)

 The Truth about the Baal Shem Tov
There are many myths and legends about the Baal Shem Tov.
It's the Modern Jewish Legend of the Baal Shem Tov.
To appreciate the Modern Jewish Legend of the Baal Shem Tov, you must first appreciate the Modern Jewish Legend of Judaism.
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 Baal-Shem-Tov on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
1961); D. Ben Amos and J. Mintz, ed., In Praise of the Baal Shem Tov (tr.
Rabbi Kazen has qualities of the Baal Shem Tov
South Street Pre-Rosh Hashanah Celebration: Open Air Shofar Making Factory Baal Shem Tov Chassidic Rock Band.
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 the Baal Shem Tov and Prayer
One of the stories that the Chassidim are want to tell concerns the Baal Shem Tov himself, who while traveling with some of his students came into a village.
Upon entering the large synagogue with it's large group of worshipers' involved in the daily prayer service, the Baal Shem Tov motioned to his followers to leave the synagogue.
The Baal Shem Tov paused, then motioned for his small group of students to leave.
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 Baal Shem Tov   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
A Baal Shem Tov in Hebrew translates as "Master of a Good Name", meaning someone who due to his ablity to perform super- and supra-good deeds that benefit others, is "given" the title by those who recognize or have benefited from his powers.
The most famous one was the founder of Hasidism, Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer, who is known as "THE" Baal Shem Tov.
It uses material from the wikipedia article Baal Shem Tov.
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