This Day in Jewish History 1760: The Founder of Modern Hasidism Dies

The Baal Shem Tov's power and influence on Judaism are immeasurable, as he empowered the individual and democratized Jewish practice.

On May 22, 1760, Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer, better known as the Baal Shem Tov (or “Besht,” in acronym form) died in Medzhibov, in...