Join Yael and Schwab as they delve into the world of 18th-century Jewish mysticism through the life of Hillel Ba’al Shem and his manuscript “Sefer HaCheshek.” Exploring failed miracles and comedic exorcisms with humor and humility, they contrast Hillel’s legacy with the revered Ba’al Shem Tov, uncovering profound philosophical insights and historical context, from Kabbalah to controversies surrounding figures like Shabbetai Tzvi, sparking captivating conversations about faith, belief, and the human condition.

This episode was hosted by Jonathan Schwab and Yael Steiner. Our education lead is Dr. Henry Abramson. Audio was edited by Rob Pera, and we’re produced by Rivky Stern.

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