Baal Shem Tov
n. Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer, widely regarded as the founder of Hasidic Judaism.
"My ancestor appears in a few stories with the Baal Shem Tov."
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
בעל שם טוב ba'al shem tov 'master of the good name'
- Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
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- The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
- The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
- Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
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Ba'al Shem Tov
Often abbreviated to simply Besht.
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