Baal Shem Tov
A soul can come down into this world for seventy-eighty years just to do a favor for another.
Reb Israel Baal Shem was born on 18 Elul 5458 (1698) in a small Polish town. Little Israel was orphaned at the tender age of five. His father’s last words were, “Yisrolik, fear nothing save the Creator alone.” The little boy went on to become the greatest leader of his generation and the founder of Chassidism, placing particular emphasis on innocent service to the creator, divine providence, and the inner-dimensions of Torah. In 5520 (1760), on the first day of Shavuot, the holy Baal Shem Tov elevated his soul to its creator.