Baal Shem Tov’s Cave Purportedly Discovered By Chassidishe Researchers


Chassidic researchers claimed that they have discovered the meditation cave of Reb Yisrael Baal Shem. The Baal Shem Tov was known to have spent much of his time doing hisbodedus, davening and learning Torah in the mountains and a cave near the Ukrainian city of Kuty.

Jewish researchers from Vizhnitz began searching for the legendary cave about two years ago, using various descriptions passed down during the course of centuries.

Rabbi Yisrael Meir Gabbay, head of the “Oholei Tzadikim” organization, is credited with locating the cave near the Vizhenka River, which the Baal Shem Tov would use as a mikve.

Gabbay purportedly identified the cave by utilizing various technological devices, and now plans to build a road that will allow visitors to access it.




  1. A really momentous event ! Congratulations and blessings to all involved. It will be wonderful to be able to visit and daven there.

  2. ok….but as it’s probably not that big ,the first 450 people to show up will get a seat,the rest will just have to stand.If the shat”z schlepps it out for all day,there’s gonna be a little problem folks.

  3. This is the cave as per the local Hutzuls(a small ethnic group in the Carpathians). And of course the locals, absolutely, positively, scout’s honor, have no such thing as any kind of ulterior motive of thousands of chasidishe tourists with their fat wallets, hmm, hmm.

  4. Uman has become a shtick. Now there will be another shtick. And how can we know this is even true?!? People look for the easy way to serve Hashem.” Maybe if I take a nice trip away from my family a few days to a Holy place, I’ll be a better eved Hashem”. Stay home, do teshuva and daven with increased kavana. That’s real work instead of ez street, but might be a true improvement instead of a superficial one.

  5. Even Har Sinai itself retained no kedusha, once the Yidden left. The same “shocking development” occurred to the entire Eretz Yisroel (probably including the very Mekom Mikdash), after Churban Bais Rishon. This cave, even if correctly identified, is just a hole in some Ukrainian hill.
    Go ahead, spend thousands of dollars to visit it, for nostalgia. If, however, you desire true connection with the Besht, learn what has been transmitted in his name, internalize it, and live by it. And the cave? Let the Hutzuls keep it.


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