Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov
(1698-1760) taught that each person is born with a fixed number of words to speak, and when you have spoken your allotted number of words, you die.
One precedent to predicting the future trajectory of Carlebachian Judaism is by comparing it to that of the Baal Shem Tov
, who, in the eighteenth century, created a Hasidic revival with joy, love, and simplicity.
Ehrman's use of easily recognizable illustrations (our changing cultural memories of Lincoln and Columbus) and examples that include reports of alien abductions, the legends surrounding the Baal Shem Tov
, and John Dean's Watergate testimony make biblical scholarship both accessible and exciting.
A direct descendent of the Baal Shem Tov
through the Twersky dynasty, Hebrew idiom flows in her veins along with her love of Zion, the Jewish People--and birds.
Because the Baal Shem Tov
taught us that everything a person sees or hears is meant to be a lesson in life.
Yeats to that Newark Jewish writer, Philip Roth, using the stories and sayings of Israel Baal Shem Tov
, the founder of Chassidism, as our Rosetta Stone.
There are some individuals, such as the Baal Shem Tov
, who become myths after they are gone, and others whose lives and the myth surrounding them overlap such that the person loses historical relevance.
I already felt secure in my historical roots, a lineage that places me as a ninth-generation descendant of the Baal Shem Tov
with Rashi and King David as ancestors.
One practitioner was the Baal Shem Tov
, usually referred to by his acronym, the Besht.
For a long time a widespread assumption, derived from early Hasidic hagiography, has had it that Baal Shem Tov
was the actual founder of Hasidism, which was thought of as a popular, folk movement from its very beginning.
Part One explores the transition to modernity, retracing the philosophical accomplishments of thinkers such as Moses Mendelssohn, Spinoza, and religious figures such as Baal Shem Tov
But for that snowstorm, I wouldn't know the story I am about to repeat; I would not have known that my zeyde had an encounter with the Baal Shem Tov
(This was truly miraculous, since the Besht died 104 years before my grandfather was born); and