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Baʿal Shem

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Author(s): Karl Erich Grözinger
The figure of a miracle man is attested going back to the 9th century in Jewish communities north of the Alps, commonly referred to in modern popularizations as a miracle-working rabbi. Because of his esoteric knowledge, especially concerning the meaning and power of the divine name, this Baʿal Shem (Hebr.; “Master of the Name”) was credited with miraculous and healing powers. In Hasidism, the mystic movement that emerged in Eastern Europe in the late-18th century, the religious leader, the tsaddik (righteous), took on the functions of a Baʿal Shem.1. Meaning and origin of the di…
Date: 2023-10-24