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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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 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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 Baal Shem Tov
It originated with Rabbi Israel, Master of the Good Name (The Baal Shem Tov) in a remote hamlet in the Carpathian mountains, and rapidly swept across the Jewish communities of Eastern Europe in the middle of the eighteenth century.
On the evidence of Chassidic tales, we learn that when the Baal Shem wanted to cross a stream he need only spread his mantle upon the waters and standing on it he would reach the other side safe and dry.
The keynote of the Baal Shem Tov's teachings is the Imminence of God -- his constant living presence in all situations and in all places.
kustan.tripod.com /baalshem.htm   (1084 words)

 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.
www.jewishmag.com /82mag/bst/bst.htm   (1813 words)

 Reb Yisroel - The Baal Shem Tov   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
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.
www.famousrabbis.com /baalshemtov.htm   (5775 words)

 Rabbi Yisrael Baal Shem Tov 1698 - 1760
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.
It is important to note that while the Baal Shem Tov taught that Torah study was not the only way to draw close to God, he did not teach that Torah study was unimportant or unnecessary.
The Baal Shem Tov was a member of the three man delegation that represented the Jews.
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 Baal Shem Tov   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
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.
www.themystica.com /mystica/articles/b/baal_shem_tov.html   (140 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.
www.sivanandadlshq.org /saints/baalshemtov.htm   (1028 words)

 Tastiest Torah Treats
The Baal Shem Tov was a faith healer -- or, to use terms that sound even less Jewish today, a medicine man or shaman -- who helped people through prayers, charms, magic and medications.
Poland (whose borders included the Baal Shem Tov's area then) was a rather multicultural country, with various ethnic and religious groups (Poles, Ukrainians, Estonians, Armenians; Greek Orthodox, Catholic, Muslim; etc.) coexisting fairly peacefully most of the time.
The Baal Shem Tov was a master storyteller and he encouraged those around him to tell stories.
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 Legends of the Baal Shem Tov   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
One morning, the Baal Shem felt a hand on his shoulder and turned round to be accosted by the angel of strife.
The aged Baal Shem felt his strength draining away and tried to muster all the rays of light and hope that he had dispatched to the needy around the world.
The Baal Shem understood now that the angel heralded regeneration, he was the prince of death and of rebirth — so he followed him with peaceful reconciliation in his heart.
www.ort.org /ort/edu/benuri/baalshem/last.htm   (306 words)

 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)

 Baal Shem Tov
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   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
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.
www.tomblock.com /baaltxt.htm   (268 words)

 Commentary Magazine - In Praise of the Baal Shem Tov, translated and edited by Dan Ben-Amos and Jerome R. Mintz   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
...Baal Shem Tov, commonly abbreviated to BeShT, is the title by which Rabbi Israel was called...
...The Baal Shem Tov was not just a leader of his community, but -in the distinction developed by Max Scheler in "Model an(d Leader"-a charismatic figure who became the bearer of transhistorical meaning...
...The Baal Shem Tov was also frequently cruel and unyielding, arrogant and sarcastic, but only if judged by modern standards of decency and worthiness, qualities not called for by the age in which he lived...
www.commentarymagazine.com /Summaries/V50I3P90-1.htm   (1887 words)

 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)

 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.
www.ort.org /ort/edu/benuri/baalshem   (1331 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)

 Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov (The Besht)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
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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 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.
Approximately fifty years after the birth of the Baal Shem Tov, in the year 5507 -- according to a letter he wrote to his brother- in-law -- on the awesome day of Rosh Hashana, the Baal Shem Tov ascended to the supernal chamber of the Moshiach.
The Baal Shem Tov was a student of the Kaballa of Rabbi Yitzchaak Luria, the "Arizal" -- as were so many of his contemporary scholars.
www.sichosinenglish.com /holiday/shavuos/besht.html   (2709 words)

 Moshiach & Geula - Ginsberg
One of the Baal Shem Tov’s customs was to mentally take stock of all his talmidim during Shalosh Seudos, the third meal of the holy Shabbos.
The Baal Shem Tov immediately protested to the Heavenly court, but the court insisted that the Rav’s punishment was just.
This process was initiated by the Baal Shem Tov, and with each succeeding generation the wellsprings were brought lower and lower.
www.beismoshiach.org /Ginsberg/ginsberg325.htm   (2400 words)

 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)

 PHILTAR - Judaism/Doctrines, Key Terms and Concepts/Baal Shem Tov   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
Hashra'ah and the Kabbalah of the Baal Shem Tov (part 5).
Baal Shem Tov's interpretation of God's immanence is said to have been an "…entirely new revelation" and represents "…the supreme insight to be attained prior to the Messianic age."
At the age of fourteen, we are told, Baal Shem Tov (or BeShT) joined a group of rabbi's who followed Rabbi Adam Baal Shem.
philtar.ucsm.ac.uk /trans-cultural/judaism/doctrines_key_terms_and_concepts/baal_shem_tov.html   (191 words)

 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.
www.jewishmag.com /13MAG/DT/bst.htm   (580 words)

 Ascent of Safed - In The City of Kabbalah   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
When the two wagons arrived at the forest where the robbers were supposed to hide, the Baal Shem Tov ordered Alexei to stop and allow the horses to graze.
Later, when the Baal Shem Tov and the merchant continued on their journey, the robbers were afraid to go after them.
She asked the Baal Shem Tov to pray for me, and to provide something to help me withstand the enemies of Chassidism.
www.ascent.org.il /NewAscentOfSafed/Stories/Stories/5763/294-40.html   (925 words)

 "The Maggid of Mezritch" Chapter 2 - The Way to Medzibozh
Before he met the Baal Shem Tov, it was said of R. Dov Ber that there wasn't a single work, including the works of the Kabbalah, that he hadn't learned one hundred one times.
Indeed, it is said that once, when hearing the Baal Shem expound the work of the early Kabbalists, he touched the Baal Shem's hand to convince himself that such wisdom could come from a flesh-and-blood mortal.
When the Maggid asked the Baal Shem Tov to explain why the Zohar states that the verse "And these are the judgments..." (Shmos 21:1), refers to the secret of reincarnation, he told his disciple to go to a forest and stand near a tree by a stream.
www.nishmas.org /maggid/chapt2.htm   (3682 words)

 "The Maggid of Mezritch" Chapter 3 - A Successor to the Baal Shen Tov
It seems that the Baal Shem Tov was warning his son that leadership of the movement would not be his.
As the talmid closest to the Baal Shem, it would have seemed proper for the mantle of leadership to be handed to him, yet it was not so.
By another account, the Baal Shem's followers agreed that whoever could reveal something exclusive about the master would be deemed the leader appointed from Heaven.
www.nishmas.org /maggid/chapt3.htm   (1582 words)

 Rabbi Yisrael Baal Shem Tov
Subj: Ê put in jewish leaders Date: Ê Thu, 6 Jul 2000 5:13:31 AM Eastern Daylight Time From: Ê EilatGordn To: Ê EDdelaTrre Rabbi Yisrael Baal Shem Tov 1698 1760 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- --- The early life of Rabbi Yisrael Baal Shem Tov is surrounded by mystery.
We are told that his last words to his son were "Fear nothing other than God." The young orphan was cared for by the community and presumably received the same education most children received.
He settled in Talust and rapidly gained a reputation as a holy man. He became known as the Baal Shem Tov Master of the Good Name.
www.eilatgordinlevitan.com /kurenets/k_pages/jl_yisrael.html   (3057 words)

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