Rabbi Yisroel (Israel) ben EliezerYisroel (Israel) ben EliezerYisroel (Israel) ben EliezerYisroel (Israel) ben EliezerAugust 27, 1698 (18Elul)
May 22,1760),Often called BaalBaalBaalBaalShem TovShem TovShem TovShem Tov or BeshtBeshtBeshtBesht,was a Jewishmystical rabbi. He isconsidered to be thefounder of HasidicJudaism (see alsoMezhbizh Hasidicdynasty).Besht was born toEliezer and Sara inOkopy (Ukrainian:
) a small village that over the centuries hasbeen part of Poland, Russia, and is now part of Ukraine,(located in the Borshchivskyi Raion (district) of theTernopil Oblast). He died in Medzhybizh, which had oncebeen part of Lithuania, then Turkey, Poland and Russia,and is also now in Ukraine, in the Khmelnytskyi Oblast.