In my continuing joy in presenting what I hope are interesting, enlightening, and sometimes provocative quotations, I offer the following:
—Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People, and Its History, HarperCollins, New York, 2001, ISBN 0-688-08406-7, pages 225–226.
*Israel Ba’al Shem Tov was the founder of Hasidism. His last name, which literally means “Master of the Good Name,” was one that was frequently applied in Jewish life to miracle workers and healers. He was usually referred to by his acronym, the Besht.