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The Ba’al Shem Tov: Rejoice and Dance

Sep 02, 2020Comments off

When the Ba’al Shem Tov was ten years old, he was already a member of the cohort of hidden tzaddikim. When he was seventeen, he

The Ba’al Shem Tov: A Baby from the Fake ...

May 28, 2020Comments off

This story was told by Reb Refael Berchider, who heard it from the Maggid of Mezritch himself. He said that if he had not heard

You Mean I Missed Him?

Jan 16, 2020Comments off

Translated and excerpted from Rabbi Ginsburgh’s book, ‘Or Yisrael,’ Volume 3 page 30. Rabbi Gershon of Kitov once asked the Ba’al Shem Tov to arrange

The Key to Chassidut and Overcoming Confusi...

Jan 09, 2020Comments off

The key to Chassidut and overcoming confusion Translated from Rabbi Ginsburgh’s book on the stories of the Ba’al Shem Tov: Or Yisra’el: Volume 2  

Ba’al Shem Tov: Magical Mysterious Shoes

Jan 01, 2020Comments off

  Magical Mystery Shoes A Ba’al Shem Tov story excerpted from Rabbi Ginsburgh’s book Or Yisrael   Once the Ba’al Shem Tov went to rest

The Ba’al Shem Tov: Candles of Ice can al...

Dec 26, 2019Comments off

(Excerpted and translated from Rabbi Ginsburgh’s book, “Or Yisrael, Part 2 p.74) The Rebbe Rayatz (the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe) related what he heard from his

The Ba’al Shem Tov’s Torah Innovations

Sep 13, 2019Comments off

Sometimes, when the Ba’al Shem Tov would convey a Torah teaching, Rabbi Yaakov Yosef of Polonne (known as the Toldot Yaakov Yosef after his book),

Practical Kabbalah vs. Simple Faith

Jul 18, 2019Comments off

Translated from Or Yisrael, stories of the Ba’al Shem Tov by Rabbi Yitzchak. Ginsburgh In the Talmud tractate of Chulin 105:2 it says: Rav Hisda

About Rabbi Yisrael Ba’al Shem Tov

Feb 23, 2014No Comments

Born in the Podolian province of western Ukraine, the Ba’al Shem Tov devoted the early part of his life to helping ease the physical and

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