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.

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On May 22, 1760, Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer, better known as the Baal Shem Tov (or “Besht,” in acronym form) died in Medzhibov, in present-day Ukraine. The Besht is considered the founder of the modern Hasidic...