Baal Shem Tov

(redirected from Besht)
Also found in: Acronyms, Encyclopedia.
Related to Besht: Baal Shem Tov, Best Buy

Baal Shem Tov

 (bäl′ shĕm′ tōv′) Originally Israel ben Eliezer. 1698?-1760.
Polish-born Jewish religious leader and mystic who founded Hasidism.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Baal Shem Tov

(bɑːl ˈʃɛm tɒv; ˈʃɑːm) or

Baal Shem Tob

n
(Biography) original name Israel ben Eliezer ?1700–60, Jewish religious leader, teacher, and healer in Poland: founder of modern Hasidism
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
References in periodicals archive ?
The Besht is a sort of ceremonial robe worn by men in Qatar and other parts of the Gulf on special occasions.
In contrast, the Besht sought to bring God to the common Jew, so he rejected their separatist nature.
Thus, though elaborating on the oral teaching of the Besht, the formal focus of the literature are the verses of the Bible, radically reinterpreted.
The Baal Shem Toy, or Besht as his name came to be abbreviated, was an eighteenth-century Jewish mystic, part St.
Those who tell you you're absolutely their "besht mate"' "the beshtest mate I've ever had in my life, and I love you, and if I win the lottery, you are going to have half."
Dov Baer Ben Samuel, the author of the earliest collection of tales about Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer, better known as the Baal Shem Tov (or by its acronym, the Besht; the term means "master of the good name"), Chasidism's founder and quintessential tzaddik, noted that "it is evident that [the Besht] was ...
But now those revellers could be saying "you're me besht mate" to some of the country's top scientists after Newcastle's Life Science Centre launched a bid to corner part of the lucrative hen-night trade.
Imagine the horror in Ground Control when an in-coming pilot radios through "You're my besht mate, you are." The baggage handlers have been sloshed for years.
'Nobody understandsh me,' I slurred to my new besht mate.
(1) Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer, also known as the BeShT, founded the eighteenth-century Jewish mystical movement of Hasidism.
The Jewish theatre company Besht Tellers in their latest show The Garden of Habustan explores the many problems afflicting Israeli society today and shows a country so haunted by its past that it is unable to create any kind of future.
It is in this perspective that, as emphasized by Gedaliah Nigal, the Hasidic tale was disseminated orally long before it was printed, ever since the lifetime of Besht. These tales, says Karl Erich Grozinger, throw light on the basics of the Hasidic movement, but, as shown by Zeev Gries, it is only thanks to the editors' (Hasidic or not) own will to publish its lore that many texts have been preserved--the Hasidim themselves have never been interested in committing the teaching of their masters to writing.