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Women and the Messianic Heresy of Sabbatai Zevi, 1666 - 1816$
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Ada Rapoport-Albert

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764807

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764807.001.0001

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Women and the Messianic Heresy of Sabbatai Zevi, 1666 - 1816

Ada Rapoport-Albert

Liverpool University Press

This chapter looks at the notion of how the hasidic movement brought about a feminist revolution in Judaism. It mentions the twentieth-century historian of Hasidism named S. A. Horodetsky, who first claimed that the Hasidic movement endowed women with complete equality in the religious life that are expressed in a variety of hasidic innovations. It also discusses women's direct, personal relationship with the rebbe or tsadik that established a new equality between the sexes within the family and the community. The chapter covers the breakdown of the educational barrier of Hebrew and the language of traditional scholarly discourse in the male world of Torah learning. It argues how hasidism has remained predominantly the preserve of men in the early twentieth century.

Keywords:   hasidic movement, feminist revolution, Judaism, S. A. Horodetsky, Jewish women, religious equality

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