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Founder of Hasidism: A Quest for the Historical Ba'al Shem Tov

Moshe Rosman


The Ba’al Shem Tov is an elusive subject for historians because documentary evidence about his life is scanty and equivocal. Until now, much of what was known about him was based on stories compiled more than a generation after his death, many of which serve more to mythologize him than to describe him. The portrait that this book provides is drawn from life instead of from myth. The book goes further than any previous work in uncovering the historical Ba’al Shem Tov. Additionally, documents in Polish and Hebrew discovered by the author during research for the book enable a detailed descriptio ... More

Keywords: Ba’al Shem Tov, Hasidism, Holy Epistle, Jacob Joseph of Polonne, Shivhei Ha-Besht

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781906764449
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906764449.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Moshe Rosman, author