|Shivchei haBesht, Laszczow, 1815.|
SOME PROVOCATIVE THEORIES:
|Early Kapust edition of Shivchei haBesht.|
These books are: Shivchei haBesht (first published in 1814 in Kopys, White Russia) and Rachamei haAv (first published Chernovitz in 1865).
|Shivchei haBesht Lemberg (Lvov) Edition. 1885, p. 4.|
According to this version:
‘Then one time the King took his soldiers on boats to wage war...’
Sadly, so many question the authenticity of so much that is written about such a pivotal spiritual figure in Jewish history.
|1758 Polish tax census of Medzhybizh showing Baal Shem occupying house #95|
|Carpathian Mountains today.|
Ordinary love songs were converted and elevated to holy songs of yearning for G-d, and often even wordless melodies were adopted into Chassidism without denying their secular and non-Jewish origins. (This is something that the Chabad movement, for example, also appears to be quite comfortable with, although obviously without the more radical speculation as to how far it may have gone.)