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Eliezer, Yisroel ben (Israel ben Eliezer, Baal Shem Tov)

Born: 1698 AD
Died: 1760 AD, at 61 years of age.

Nationality: Israeli
Categories: Rabbi, Religious Leaders


1698 - Born on the 27th of August in Okop, a small village in the Ukraine. The founder of Hasidic Judaism and is better known as the "Baal Shem Tov" meaning " Master of the Good Name" when translated in English. 1720 - His first child, Udel, was born. His wife Leah Rachel gave birth to their second child, Zvi Hersh. 1734 - Rabbi Israel gained the reputation of a holy man and revealed himself to the world as the "Baal Shem Tov". 1740 - Talked about his teachings in the shtetl of Medzhybizh and people from the spiritual elite, listened to him. 1760 - Died on the second day of Shavuous leaving his wife, a son and a daughter. His movement still continues to be a significant force in the Jewish world today.  


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