Cultivating Joy: Chasidic Perspectives and Practices The Baal Shem Tov, the 18th-century founder of European Chasidism, was a legendary mystic, healer, shaman, and spiritual revolutionary. He popularized Kabbalah, emphasizing the spiritual and healing power of joy as well as the path of the loving, humble heart. This talk examines his understanding of the role of joy in daily life, in divine service, and in healing. Also discussed are his practices for finding joy in the midst of suffering, and sweetness in the face of adversity.
Burack, Charles, "Cultivating Joy: Chasidic Perspectives and Practices" (2011). Founders Symposium. 65.