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The Ba'al Shem Tov expressed himself by using simple sayings and stories that the people listening  to him could understand. As examples of his principles, he used the life around him. One such  saying is, "Get rid of your anger by doing a favor for the one with whom you are angry." Another wise  saying of his is, "Bear in mind that life is short, and that with every passing day you are nearer to the  end . . . . Do not waste your time with meaningless quarrels with people." The Ba'al Shem Tov traveled throughout Eastern Europe, and his reputation spread quickly.  Gradually, large numbers of Jews started to depart from their towns to follow him and his disciples.  These many followers eventually became the leaders of the Hasidic movement. Not surprisingly, opposition to the Ba'al Shem Tov's teachings grew. The most important criticism of  the Hasidic way of life was that it de-emphasized Jewish learning and scholarship. Those who 
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