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Baʿal Shem


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(Heb., ‘master of the divine name’).

Title given in ḥasidic and 'kabbalistic literature to those who possess secret knowledge of God's name. See also ISRAEL BEN ELIEZER, who, as a founder of ḥasidism, assumed the title Baʿal Shem Tov.

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Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies.


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