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More stories are told about the Baal Shem Tov than about any other person in Jewish history. These stories have been passed down, Mystical stories about the Baal Shem Tov relating to the weekly Torah portion. The Baal Shem Tov adapted Kabbalistic ideas in his mystical approach to prayer.
The true The true aim of prayer is to penetrate beneath appearances and to see only the Divine vitality which infuses all things. To achieve this ultimate goal requires A collection of Baal Shem Tov stories relating to the Jewish holy days. Combining his More stories are told about the Baal Shem Tov than about any other person in Jewish history.
These stories have been passed down, primarily through an oral tradition, for over years. More recently, books - and even more recently the internet - have been added as a means to continue the time-honored tradition of transmitting Baal Shem Tov stories from parent to child and from chassid to chassid.
The Baal Shem Tov stories are indeed glimpses of the life and culture of downtrodden, 18th century, Eastern European Jewry. However, to see the stories as only that is to miss their central role.
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In chassidic life, Baal Shem Tov stories have formed the foundation of one of the most fundamental and important of chassidic spiritual practices: telling stories about the Tzaddikim - the Jewish saints, as it were; literally, the "righteous ones"-the great Spiritual Masters. These Tzaddikim led and guided the various chassidic dynasties through the dark exile of European Jewry, from the time of the Baal Shem Tov.
All chassidim, irrespective of their particular allegiance - whether to Chabad, Bretslov, Aleksander, Belz, Satmar, Gerrer, Vishnitz, to name a few - share one common belief: that the basic facts of the Baal Shem Tov stories are just that - facts. There is an old chassidic saying: "If you believe all of the Baal Shem Tov stories you're a fool; if you don't believe any of them you are a bigger fool. They inspire and guide us.
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