noun, often capitalized
variants: or less commonly balshem \ bälˈshām \

Definition of baalshem

: one believed among Jews (such as earlier Polish Jews) to work wonders by the use of the name of God

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First Known Use of baalshem

1897, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for baalshem

Hebrew baʽal shēm one who possesses or works through the (divine) name

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“Baalshem.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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