A Fire in the Forest: The Life and Legacy of the Ba'al Shem Tov| 57mins
Director: Charles Davis | Producer: Charles Davis
Focus Years: 2012 | Country: United States
Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer (1698-1760), known as the Baâ€™al Shem Tov, is one of the most beloved and celebrated figures in Jewish history, but also one of the most elusive. Today, Jews all over the world, and even many non-Jews, revere him as the founder of the Hasidic movement, and as a model of piety and mystical spirituality.
But many also find it difficult to say why he is so important to them, and to characterize his unique contribution to Jewish spirituality. Thus, "A Fire in the Forest", a new documentary on the life and legacy of the Baâ€™al Shem Tov, sets itself the task of answering these basic questions, exploring how the Baâ€™al Shem Tovâ€™s teachings can be applied to our lives today.
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