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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 15Focusing on Jewish Religious Life, 1500-1900$
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Antony Polonsky and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774716

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774716.001.0001

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Rabbi Jonathan Eibeschuetz’s Attitude towards the Frankists

Rabbi Jonathan Eibeschuetz’s Attitude towards the Frankists

(p.145) Rabbi Jonathan Eibeschuetz’s Attitude towards the Frankists
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 15

Sid Z. Leiman

Liverpool University Press

This chapter recalls the encounter between Rabbi Jonathan Eibeschuetz and the Frankist movement. This began when the Emden–Eibeschuetz controversy erupted in 1751. At the time, Rabbi Jacob Emden announced in his synagogue in Altona that an amulet ascribed to the Chief Rabbi, Eibeschuetz, could only have been written by a secret believer in Shabbetai Tsevi. The controversy between these two rabbinic titans continued unabated until Eibeschuetz’s death in 1764. At the height of the controversy, between 1755 and 1760, Jakub Frank revealed himself in Podolia. He assumed leadership of the Shabbatean movement in Ukraine, Galicia, Wielkopolska, and Hungary and presided over the Shabbatean teachings enunciated at the public disputations between the Frankists and the talmudists in Kamenets-Podolsk in 1757 and in Lviv in 1759.

Keywords:   Jonathan Eibeschuetz, Jakub Frank, Frankists, Frankist movement, Jacob Emden, Emden–Eibeschuetz controversy, Shabbetai Tsevi

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