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Sabbetai Sevi Apparently Had a Following Even Among Some Karaites..

June 20, 2017

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While it is certainly strange that Karaites would revere a man whose very being was so enmeshed in Jewish mysticism-a discipline that was largely seen as heretical (even idolatrous) among the vast majority of Karaites (with the rare exception of Karaite Kabbalists such as Simcha Isaac Lutzki of course), I can understand why Sabbetai and later Sabbateans would actually court them. To Sabbetai, the Talmud was no longer relevant. The Frankists would later take it a step further and renounce the Talmud altogether. Something to think about.


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