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Rabbi, Mystic, or Impostor?: The Eighteenth-Century Ba'al Shem of London

Michal Oron


The enigmatic kabbalist Samuel Falk, known as the Ba'al Shem of London, has piqued the curiosity of scholars for generations. Eighteenth-century London was fascinated by Jews, and as a miracle-worker and adventurer, well connected and well read, Falk had much to offer. Interest in the man was further aroused by rumours of his dealings with European aristocrats and other famous characters, as well as with scholars, Freemasons, and Shabbateans, but evidence was scanty. This book now brings together all the known source material on the man, and detailed annotations of his diary and that of his as ... More

Keywords: Samuel Falk, Ba'al Shem of London, Jews, Jewish community, London life, eighteenth-century London, diary

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781904113034
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781904113034.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michal Oron, author
Tel Aviv University