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.
Character List and Glossary are available at anituzman.com.
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Stefan Rudnicki has the most wonderful, sonorous voice to listen to as he brings this story to life. I listened to it half of it on a drive to and from Phoenix, Arizona, and the rest while working on an art project. Listening to him tell this story allowed my mind to imagine the characters and settings in great detail, while my body and hands were freed to accomplish other things I needed to do! I love Audible Books for this reason!!
Ani Tuzman has taken the messages of the Baal Shem Tov (and for that matter, the overall message that Source of Love and Life has been sending through many emissaries throughout the ages) and woven them through an engaging story of life in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth of the 1700s.
Historical fiction is a wonderful way to remind ourselves of how the relationships between individuals, families, teachers, social communities, larger governing bodies, organized religions, opposing forces, are the opportunity to discover our relationship with Ourselves and the Source of Love.
Thank you, Ani, for writing this beautiful book. Thank you, Stefan for reading it with such intention.
Oh, just a By-the-Way....towards the end of the book, there is a little snippet of Stefan in the actual recording session working with getting the right tone in his voice. Although surprising, I felt as if I had found a hidden present!! Don’t edit this out!! It’s charming!