Fabric Belonging To The Baal Shem On Auction

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A Yerushalayim auction house is set to take bids for items belonging to two founders of the Chassidus movements.

Kedem Auction House Tuesday will auction off a piece of fabric that was part of a robe worn by Rabbi Yisrael Baal Shem Tov, known as “the Baal Shem Tov,” who founded the broader Chasidic movement, and a tobacco pipe that once belonged to Rabbi Yaakov Yitzhak Rabinowitz, founder of the Gur Hasidic sect.

The piece of garment is made of woven floral fabric and was handed down by the descendants of the Baal Shem Tov as a family heirloom. The family tradition claims the fabric was taken from the robe of “Or Shivat HaYamim,” which the Baal Shem Tov wore from age 26 until he died at 60.

The second item, Rabinowitz’s tobacco pipe, is crafted from sepiolite and silver and was also a family heirloom passed down for generations. The tobacco pipe holds special meaning in Hasidic tradition, as it is recounted that Hasidic spiritual leaders performed Kabbalistic meditations and “unifications” of holy names using their smoking pipes.




  1. Rabbi Yaakov Yitzhak Rabinowitz was the “Yid HaKodesh”, not the founder of Gur. Besides breaking from the Chozeh M’Lublin and being the teacher of Reb Simcha Bunim of Peshischa, the Yid HaKodesh was the founder of the Biala dynasty, not Gur.

  2. And how can they prove that it was actually worn by the Baal shem tov? Who is selling these and who is profiting from this hoax, I mean, sale?


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