What is besht?

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Baal Shem Tov - Influence On Hasidism
... The later developments of Hasidism are unintelligible without consideration of Besht’s opinion concerning man’s proper relation with the universe. 4, Besht said, “The righteous can vivify by his faith.” Besht’s followers enlarged upon this idea and consistently deduced from it the source of divine mercy, of ... Though Besht may not be held responsible for the later conceptions, there is no doubt that his self-reliance was an important factor in winning adherents ...
Baal Shem Tov - Elements of Besht’s Doctrines
... The foundation-stone of Hasidism as laid by Besht is a strongly marked panentheistic conception of God ... When man speaks, said Besht, he should remember that his speech is an element of life, and that life itself is a manifestation of God ... This panentheism would have been ignored, had Besht not been a man of the people ...
Baal Shem Tov - Early Life and Marriage
... At the age of 5, the Besht's father gave his son his last words before passing on ... into the secret society of mystics called Tzaddikim Nistarim, the Besht became its leader at the age of 18 ... learned Ephraim of Brody that the latter promised The Besht his daughter Chana in marriage ...
Baal Shem Tov - In Legend
... But when they were nearly a hundred years old, the promised son (Besht) was born ... Besht’s parents died soon after his birth bequeathing to him only the deathbed exhortation of Eliezer, “Always believe that God is with you, and fear nothing.” Besht ... But Besht, faithful to the bequest of his father, knew no fear and, on the second appearance of the wolf, he assailed it so vigorously as to cause it to turn and flee ...