A story inspired by the legendary spiritual master, Rabbi Yisroel ben Eliezar, known as the Baal Shem Tov, the Good Master of the Name, who beckoned forth love from the hearts of rag pickers, ruby merchants, midwives, and murderers.
Poor orphan. Simpleton. Harder to tame than the wind.
He hears what they call him.
But he listens to the presence his father promised would never leave him.
Yisroel finds his way to those who nurture his healing gifts and rare compassion - until he embraces a destiny he cannot yet fathom nor deny any longer.
Honoring women, children, and the poor as his teachers. Celebrating life's simplest deeds as worship. Praying with joyous abandon. Loving without condition. Yisroel's "irreverent" practices threaten the established authorities, among them an embittered rabbinic leader with a mission of his own: to destroy the irrepressible master known as the Baal Shem Tov and his growing community of followers.
Set in the richly textured Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth of the 1700s, this exquisite reimagining of one of history's most revered and revolutionary mystics transports listeners back in time to experience the true meaning of power and the timeless grace of love.
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