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Founder of Hasidism : a quest for the historical Baʼal Shem Tov

Author: Murray Jay Rosman
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1996.
Series: Contraversions, 5.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The eighteenth-century Polish-Jewish mystic, Israel ben Eliezer - known as the Ba'al Shem Tov, or the Besht - is one of the key figures in Jewish history. As the progenitor of Hasidism and the perceived spokesman for the warm, humane side of Jewish religious observance, he profoundly influenced the shape of modern Judaism. To understand the Besht is to understand an essential element in the making of modern Jewish
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Baʻal Shem Ṭov; Baʻal Shem Ṭov; Yisraʾel ben Eliʿezer Baʿal Shem Ṭov; Israel ben Eliezer baal sem Tov; Yiśrā·ēl BenElîʻezer Baʻal Šēm-Ṭôv.; Ba'al Shem Tov
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Murray Jay Rosman
ISBN: 0520201914 9780520201910
OCLC Number: 32891142
Awards: Winner of National Jewish Book Award (Jewish History) 1996
Description: xi, 303 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Ba'al Shem Tov --
Hasidism before Hasidism --
A country in decline? --
Miedzyboz : a place in time and space --
The contentions of life --
The Holy Epistle --
More Besht correspondence --
Testimonies --
Life stories --
Light from the archives --
A person of his time --
From the historical Besht to the usable Besht : the image of the Ba'al Shem Tov in early Habad.
Series Title: Contraversions, 5.
Responsibility: Moshe Rosman.
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