Gravestone of the Baal Shem Tov in Medzhybizh (before restoration in 2006–2008) bearing the inscription רבי ישראל בעל שם טוב
Exterior of the Baal Shem Tov's synagogue in Medzhybizh, circa 1915. This shul no longer exists, having been destroyed by the Nazis. However, an exact replica was erected on its original site as a museum.
Medzhybizh Castle in 1871
The Baal Shem Tov's personal Siddur (now in Chabad library archive #1994)
The Orthodox church under renovation inside Medzhybizh castle. Originally built in 1586 as a Polish Catholic church.
1758 Polish tax census of Medzhybizh showing "Baal Shem" as occupying house #95
19th-century mill buildings adjacent to the mill dam and the lake on the Southern Bug
A well outside Medzhybizh thought to be hand-dug by the Baal Shem Tov that still contains fresh water.
Monument to the approximately 3,000 Medzhybizh Jews who were executed in three nearby ravines in 1942
A portrait of Hayyim Samuel Jacob Falk (the Baal Shem of London), and not Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer (the Baal Shem Tov)
The fortress-like Sirkes Shul in Medzhybizh, probably built in the 17th century (photo taken in 1935)
Baal Shem Tov’s shul reconstructed (as a museum); August 4, 2008
The interior of the main Sirkes Shul in Medzhybizh in 1930
Ohel of Baal Shem Tov; August 4, 2008
Exterior of the Baal Shem Tov's Shul in Medzhybizh, c. 1915. This original shul no longer exists, but was recently re-created.
New guesthouse and synagogue next to Ohel of Baal Shem Tov (work in progress); August 4, 2008
Another view of the Baal Shem Tov's Shul, c. 1915
Interior of the Baal Shem Tov's Shul, c. 1915
18th-century gravestones at the old Jewish cemetery in Medzhybizh
Gravestone of the Baal Shem Tov in Medzhybizh

He died in Medzhybizh (Меджибіж, Międzybóż, מעזשביזש), which was part of Poland and today is situated in the Khmelnytskyi Oblast (Ukraine) (not to be confused with other cities of the same name).

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A complete re-creation of the Besht's shul was recently constructed on its original site.

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Gravestone of the Baal Shem Tov in Medzhybizh (before restoration in 2006–2008) bearing the inscription רבי ישראל בעל שם טוב

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Hasidic Judaism

Jewish religious group that arose as a spiritual revival movement in the territory of contemporary Western Ukraine during the 18th century, and spread rapidly throughout Eastern Europe.

Jewish religious group that arose as a spiritual revival movement in the territory of contemporary Western Ukraine during the 18th century, and spread rapidly throughout Eastern Europe.

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The Kaliver Rebbe, Holocaust survivor, inspiring his court on the festival of Sukkot
Kvitel requests for blessing piled on the graves of the last Lubavitcher Rebbes
Hasidic family in Borough Park, Brooklyn. The man is wearing a shtreimel, and either a bekishe or a rekel. The woman is wearing a wig, called a sheitel, as she is forbidden to show her hair in public.
Rabbi Moshe Leib Rabinovich, Munkacser Rebbe, wearing a kolpik
The Dorohoi Rebbe in his traditional rabbinical Sabbath garb
Sculpture of the Hasidic movement's celebration of spirituality on the Knesset Menorah
Israel ben Eliezer's autograph
Shivchei HaBesht (Praises of the Baal Shem Tov), the first compilation of Hasidic hagiographic storytelling, was printed from manuscripts in 1815
Palace of the Ruzhin dynasty, known for its "royal" mannerism, in Sadhora.
Belzer Rebbe Aharon Rokeach (depicted 1934), who was hidden from the Nazis and smuggled out of Europe.

Israel Ben Eliezer, the "Baal Shem Tov", is regarded as its founding father, and his disciples developed and disseminated it.

By the 1740s, it is verified that he relocated to the town of Medzhybizh and became recognized and popular in all Podolia and beyond.

Grave of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

Nachman of Breslov

The founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement.

The founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement.

Grave of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov
River in Bratslav, central-west Ukraine
Outside the modern-day synagogue which serves as the ohel for the grave of Reb Nachman

Reb Nachman, a great-grandson of the Baal Shem Tov, revived the Hasidic movement by combining the esoteric secrets of Judaism (the Kabbalah) with in-depth Torah scholarship.

Reb Nachman was born on April 4, 1772 (Rosh Chodesh of Nisan) in the town of Międzybóż, which is in the Podolia region of the then Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth and which is now in Ukraine.

Old Jewish Cemetery Medzhibozh

Boruch of Medzhybizh

Old Jewish Cemetery Medzhibozh

Rabbi Boruch of Medzhybizh (1753–1811), was a grandson of the Baal Shem Tov.

Ze'ev Wolf Kitzes

Noted Hasidic rabbi.

Noted Hasidic rabbi.

Later he moved to Medzhibozh where he, together with Rabbi David Purkes, stood at the head of the group of Chassidim that preceded the Baal Shem Tov.