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Rabbi, Mystic, or Impostor?The Eighteenth-Century Ba'al Shem of London$
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Michal Oron

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113034

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113034.001.0001

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Samuel Falk and the Freemasons

Samuel Falk and the Freemasons

(p.49) V Samuel Falk and the Freemasons
Rabbi, Mystic, or Impostor?

Michal Oron

Liverpool University Press

This chapter refers to the historian Nesta Webster, who lived in England around the turn of the nineteenth century and was the first to indicate the ties between Samuel Falk and the Freemasons. It describes Webster as a prominent antisemite who took an active part in the distribution of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and published a long list of inflammatory articles that charged the Jews with responsibility for the Russian Revolution. It also discusses the antisemitic orientation evident in Webster's book on secret societies that attempts to link the Jews with various cultic sects that were political in nature. The chapter looks at an entire chapter in Webster's book that is devoted to Falk, whom she depicts as a 'high initiate' of the Freemasons. It serves as a bibliographical source for references to Falk in non-Jewish works.

Keywords:   Nesta Webster, Samuel Falk, Freemasons, Russian Revolution, antisemitic orientation, non-Jewish works

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