Jul 17, 2017
Aerial View: Baal Shem Tov's Shul

Yosef Shidler and Mendel Mish of CJ Studios traveled to Ukraine and filmed the holy sites. Part 4: The Baal Shem Tov's restored Shul.

The Baal Shem Tov Synagogue is a small shul in the western Ukrainian town of Medzhybizh (Mezibush) where Rabbi Yisrael ben Eliezer (1698-1760), the founder of Chassidism, would daven.

The Baal Shem Tov, as he was known, settled in the town in his later years, though even then he continued to make many journeys to spread his Kabbalistic teachings that touched the entire Jewish nation, scholarly and unlearned alike.

As his fame grew, many came to Mezibush to hear his teachings and to be inspired, and many more came to receive his blessings and advice, noted the scholar Rabbi J. Immanuel Schochet.

Those seeking his help were not only Jews, but also gentiles who heard about this miracle-working saint. In recently discovered civil archives and tax records of Mezhibush, the Baal Shem Tov is mentioned in records dating back to 1742, identified as "Baal Shem Doktor," living in a tax-exempt house of the community, Rabbi Schochet noted.

The exterior of the shul and Beis Medrash was pictured in 1915. The original shul no longer exists, having been destroyed by the Nazis during the Second World War.

An exact replica was rebuilt in its location by Rabbi Yisroel Meir Gabbai and his organization Agudas Ohalei Tzadikim. Its original details have been painstakingly restored.

Yosef Shidler and Mendel Mish of CJ Studios recently traveled to Ukraine to filmed the holy Jewish sites. In part 4 presented on COLlive.com, they show the Baal Shem Tov's restored Shul.

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(7/17/2017 4:53:06 PM)
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This Shul
This Shul possesses and energy that is impossible to describe... All memories of stories of the Baal Shem Tov and the Beis Midrash come to life there. When I was there last year, I Davened a simply Monday Mincha. It took me more than half an hour to complete that Davening. Following that, one goes to the Ohel fo the Baa Shem Tov... An other wordly experience. Thanks for sharing these pictures and video.
(7/17/2017 6:03:57 PM)
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big Z Schapiro
nice thank you for sharing
(7/18/2017 4:30:51 PM)
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QUESTION!
CAN YOU PLEASE VIDEO, 1) THE RASHI'S SHUL ? 2) THE SHUL IN PRAGUE ? THANK YOU!!!
(7/20/2017 1:25:25 PM)
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