|A sample of the writing of the Rav of Rashkov, the scribe who copied the Sefer haTzoref for the Baal Shem Tov (see Document 32).|
LETTERS FROM THE CHERSON GENIZA TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH FOR THE FIRST TIME.
- · In this series of letters we see how R. Adam Baal Shem Tov binds his student, R. Israel Baal Shem Tov with an oath that if he does not come out of hiding, then all the unnamed secret ‘teachings’ from R. Adam Baal Shem Tov would have to be burned. (Doc. 56)
- · We see how the Baal Shem Tov offers forgiveness to his brother-in-law, R. Gershon Kitover, who did not treat him well because he suspected the Baal Shem Tov to have been an ignorant and unschooled individual. (Doc. 64)
- · There is a very kabbalistic letter the Baal Shem sends to his brother-in-law, only after he was able to attain permission to reveal such teachings from his teacher – explaining why they had the custom to pray slowly. (Doc. 106)
- · There is a fascinating letter from R. Adam to R Israel where he seems to almost (‘keveyachol’) equating his student with G-d Himself; and where he additionally offers his student the incentive to come out of hiding and be rewarded with a revelation from Elijah the Prophet. (Doc. 40)
- · And we see another letter from the Baal Shem Tov’s wife, asking him again to come home – this time because another rabbi was waiting to meet him. (Do. 236)