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The Besht
Magician, Mystic, and Leader
Immanuel Etkes

Brandeis University Press



Contents

• Acknowledgments
• Introduction
• Magic and Miracle Workers in the Days of the Baal Shem Tov
• Israel Baal Shem
• A Leader of the Jewish People
• The Besht as Mystic and Pioneer in Divine Worship
• The Besht and His Circle
• The Historicity of Shivhei Habesht
• Conclusion: The Besht and the Founding of Hasidism
• Appendix I: Magic and Miracle Workers in the Literature of the Haskalah
• Appendix II: The Besht’s Epistle
• Appendix III: The Versions of the Besht’s Epistle
• Notes
• Bibliography
• Index

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