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The Holy Epistle

Moshe Rosman

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764449
eISBN:
9781800340800
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764449.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter enumerates, characterizes, and assesses the historiographical weight of the various Besht sources. The attempt to capture aspects of the Besht’s life is dependent on the sources that are ... More


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

Moshe Rosman

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764449
eISBN:
9781800340800
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764449.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

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


Hasidism before Hasidism

Moshe Rosman

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764449
eISBN:
9781800340800
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764449.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter focuses on the story in Shivhei Ha-Besht about the two hasidim who were sceptical about the Besht, which may not accurately reflect early eighteenth-century attitudes toward ba’alei ... More


More Besht Correspondence

Moshe Rosman

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764449
eISBN:
9781800340800
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764449.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter talks about a collection of hagiographic stories about the Besht and his associates called the Shivhei Ha-Besht. It mentions Dov Ber of Ilintsy, the compiler, who included five citations ... More


Hasidism

Samuel H. Dresner

in Heschel, Hasidism, and Halakha

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823221158
eISBN:
9780823236749
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823221158.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter includes a wide-ranging preface to Heschel's posthumous book, The Circle of the Baal Shem Tov. Few people are aware of Heschel's monographs on Hasidic masters, ... More


The Secular Appropriation of Hasidism by an East European Jewish Intellectual: Dubnow, Renan, and the Besht

Robert M. Seltzer

in Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 1: Poles and Jews: Renewing the Dialogue

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113171
eISBN:
9781800340589
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113171.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter studies the role that Hasidism played in the thought of the modernized Jewish intelligentsia of Eastern Europe toward the end of the 19th century. Simon Dubnow played a pivotal role in ... More


Origins: Controversies over Hasidic Shtiblekh

Marcin Wodziński

in Hasidism and Politics: The Kingdom of Poland, 1815-1864

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781904113737
eISBN:
9781800341012
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781904113737.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter covers the prominence of the Jewish Question in the political debates of the last years of the Commonwealth, as well as in the later journalism of the Duchy of Warsaw and the Kingdom of ... More


Social Conflicts in Międzybóz in the Generation of the Besht

Moshe J. Rosman

in Hasidism Reappraised

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781874774204
eISBN:
9781800340787
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781874774204.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter evaluates the social conflicts in Międzybóż in the generation of the Besht. It characterizes the alignment of various social groups in the town, and suggests implications that these may ... More


Walking as a Sacred Duty: Theological Transformation of Social Reality in Early Hasidism

Elliot R. Wolfson

in Hasidism Reappraised

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781874774204
eISBN:
9781800340787
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781874774204.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter presents some crucial aspects of the itinerant motif as it is developed in early hasidism. At the outset, two distinct typologies can be distinguished, although only the latter is rooted ... More


New Light on the Hasidic Tale and its Sources

Gedaliah Nigal

in Hasidism Reappraised

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781874774204
eISBN:
9781800340787
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781874774204.003.0020
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter evaluates the hasidic tale. Hasidic literature can be classified in two main categories: homiletic-speculative, usually originating in the sermons delivered by the hasidic teachers to ... More


Review Essays The Historical Besht: Reconstruction or Deconstruction?

Immanuel Etkes

in Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 12: Focusing on Galicia: Jews, Poles and Ukrainians 1772-1918

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781874774594
eISBN:
9781800340695
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781874774594.003.0021
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter reviews Moshe Rosman's book, Founder of Hasidism: A Quest for the Historical Ba'al Shem Tov. This is a historical reassessment of the life and work of the Ba'al Shem Tov (known as the ... More


‘Kudsha Berikh Hu Orayta Veyisra’el Kola ḥad’: The Origin of the Expression in Luzzatto’s Commentary on Idra raba

Isaiah Tishby

in Messianic Mysticism: Moses Hayim Luzzatto and the Padua School

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781874774099
eISBN:
9781800342668
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781874774099.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter discusses the well-known saying 'Holy One, blessed be He, the Torah, and Israel are one', which is much quoted in late homiletic and ethical literature. It reviews the statement of the ... More


Introduction

Moshe Rosman

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764449
eISBN:
9781800340800
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764449.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter provides a methodological case study of possible approaches to the recovery of the historical person behind Hadism. It serves as an antidote to the ideologically weighted approach by ... More


Ba’al Shem Tov

Moshe Rosman

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764449
eISBN:
9781800340800
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764449.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter gives scholarly biographical descriptions of Israel ben Eliezer. Most writers agree that Israel ben Eliezer lived from approximately 1700 to 1760 and was a person of humble origins who ... More


A Country in Decline?

Moshe Rosman

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764449
eISBN:
9781800340800
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764449.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter reviews the course of the Besht’s life that was affected by the geopolitical and sociocultural-economic environment in which he lived. It describes how the Ba’al Shem Tov is often ... More


Międzybóż: A Place in Time and Space

Moshe Rosman

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764449
eISBN:
9781800340800
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764449.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter describes the development and relative prosperity of Podolia during the Besht’s lifetime in the three Podolian locales with which his life is most closely associated. First is his ... More


Testimonies

Moshe Rosman

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764449
eISBN:
9781800340800
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764449.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter focuses on four Hebrew texts that mention the Ba’al Shem Tov and were written during his lifetime by people who knew him personally. It emphasizes on how the texts prove that he actually ... More


Life Stories

Moshe Rosman

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764449
eISBN:
9781800340800
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764449.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter reviews the Shivhei Ha-Besht, which is considered the most prolific, interesting, intriguing, problematic, and most exploited source relating to the Ba’al Shem Tov. The title in Hebrew ... More


Light from the Archives

Moshe Rosman

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764449
eISBN:
9781800340800
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764449.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter explains how Jewish scholars tended to view the Besht, Hasidism, and the relevant sources as quintessentially internal Jewish phenomena that grew out of a genuinely and exclusively ... More


A Person of His Time

Moshe Rosman

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764449
eISBN:
9781800340800
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764449.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter discusses Polish sources of the Ba’al Shem Tov, which emphasized hearsay and traditional Hebrew material that is full of colorful detail. It focuses on how the Polish paid little ... More


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