Ba’al Shem Tov: “The Holy Epistle”


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“The Holy Epistle” of Ba’al Shem Tov is one of the signature texts of the founder of Hasidism. Hasidism originated in the late eighteenth century and soon developed into a particularly rich movement of spiritual awakening within Judaism. It has adherents to this day. The founder, whose title literally means “master of the good [holy] name,” was also known as the Besht (derived from a shortening of the title Ba’al Shem Tov) or simply as Ba’al Shem. In light of the fact that the vast majority...