Baal Shem TovBaal Shem Tov
(born Israel ben Eliezer) 1700?-60; Jewish religious leader in Poland: founder of Hasidism
also Baal Shem Tob
Baal Shem Tov
Originally Israel ben Eliezer. 1698?-1760
Polish-born Jewish religious leader and mystic who founded Hasidism.
- Literally master of the good name; Israel ben Eliezer, founder of the modern Hassidic movement of Judaism. Also known as the Besht.