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Light and Fire of the Baal Shem Tov

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Light and Fire of the Baal Shem Tov

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Light and Fire of the Baal Shem Tov by Yitzhak Buxbaum
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This is a life, in stories, of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov (1700-1760), the founder of Hasidism. The Baal Shem Tov, or the Besht, as he is commonly called, led a revival in Judaism that put love and joy at the center of religious life and championed the piety of the common folk against the rabbinic establishment. He has been recognized as one of the greatest teachers in Jewish history, and much of what is alive and vibrant in Judaism today, in all denominations, derives from his inspiration. Abraham Joshua Heschel, who was descended from several illustrious Hasidic dynasties, wrote: "The Baal Shem Tov brought heaven to earth. He and his disciples, the Hasidim, banished melancholy from the soul and uncovered the ineffable delight of being a Jew."

Author Biography

Yitzhak Buxbaum is a maggid, a traditional Jewish Storyteller. He is the author of nine books, including Jewish Spiritual Practice, Jewish Tales of Mystic Joy, Jewish Tales of Holy Women and Storytelling and Spirituality in Judaism.
Release date NZ
December 8th, 2005
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
Illustrations, map
Imprint
Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Pages
500
Dimensions
153x229x35
ISBN-13
9780826417725
Product ID
1642373

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