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Baal Shem-Tob

(Baal Shem-Tov [“good (or kind) master of the Holy Name”]; real name Israel ben Eliezer; known also by acronym BEShT, formed from his initials; ca. 1700–60). Jewish teacher, healer; founded modern Hasidism* in Poland.

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