Fire in the Forest: The Life and Legacy of the Ba'al Shem Tov Previous Broadcasts

KQED World: Mon, Dec 26, 2016 -- 12:00 AM

Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer (1698-1760), known as the Ba'al Shem Tov ("Master of the Good Name"), is one of the most beloved and celebrated, yet elusive, figures in Jewish history. Today, Jews worldwide - and even non-Jews - revere him as the founder of the Hasidic movement, a 18th-century offshoot of Judaism that promotes a mystical interpretation of the Bible, and as a model of piety and spirituality. This documentary explores the life and legacy of the Ba'al Shem Tov through interviews with religious leaders and scholars, and on-location footage. The title derives from a tale about rabbis finding a hidden fire in the forest where they could appeal to God for help and have their prayers answered.

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  • KQED World: Mon, Dec 26, 2016 -- 8:00 AM
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