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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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Conclusion: From Sabbatianism to Hasidism

Conclusion: From Sabbatianism to Hasidism

Chapter:
(p.258) Nine Conclusion: From Sabbatianism to Hasidism
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Women and the Messianic Heresy of Sabbatai Zevi, 1666 - 1816
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Ada Rapoport-Albert

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906764807.003.0010

This chapter discusses the Sabbatianism's viable existence, both within Judaism and in its apostate form that is still in close association with liberation of women. It mentions the egalitarian, which holds women's status to be wholly analogous to men's and beckons women to partake equally in every aspect of the ritual and spiritual life of the messianic community. It also highlights the formal separation of the women from the men that was conducive to the enhancement of their spiritual stature and released them from the bounds of materiality, physicality, and sexuality. The chapter recounts Sabbatai Zevi's coronation ceremonies in December 1665, which emphasized how women could engage on an equal footing in the same range of messianically charged religious activities as the men. It describes Zohar's depiction of righteous women in Paradise, where they occupy themselves with intellectual and spiritual pursuits of study and prayer.

Keywords:   Sabbatianism, Judaism, Jewish women, egalitarian, Sabbatai Zevi

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