THE LEGEND OF BAAL-SHEM by Martin Buber

THE LEGEND OF BAAL-SHEM

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KIRKUS REVIEW

There are two parts to this interesting book: (1) a descriptive account of the Hasidim, a Jewish sect which flourished in eastern Europe in the 18th Century; and (2) a translation of twenty stories which tell of the life of the founder of the sect, Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer who was called Baal-Shem (Master of God's Name). It reveals the mystical strain of Hasidim legends and emphases which has had a profound influence upon Judaism over the last two hundred years. Will be of especial interest to students of mysticism and to those who would be appreciative of one of the more significant strains of thought in modern Judaism.

Pub Date: Sept. 21st, 1955
Publisher: Harper