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Lesson Fourteen: The Ba'al Shem Tov

Rabbi Yossi Paltiel
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The Baal Shem Tov’s success as a leader was not in writing books, but in touching souls and igniting within them a fire of passion above diligence and faith above reason.

This episode of Rabbi Paltiel’se series on the development of Kabbalah shifts into describing the founding of the Chassidic movement by the Baal Shem Tov.

It describes how the Baal Shem Tov formed a mass movement based on Kabbalistic form and ideas by communicating the faith, love and lifestyle of the mystic to the common person. It explores some of the drastic shifts Chassidism made in Jewish life and theology and their ramifications.

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Scholars: Rabbi Yossi Paltiel
Video title: Lesson Fourteen: The Ba