Lecture on Israel ben Eliezer (c. 1700-1760), popularly known as the Ba’al Shem Tov, widely regarded as the father of the Hasidic movement. Lecture delivered by Dr. Henry (Hillel) Abramson, Young Israel of Bal Harbour, on February 22, 2012. Part of the Jewish Biography as History lecture series at www.henryabramson.com. Note, by the way, that the portrait is not actually of the Ba’al Shem Tov.

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