Religious Studies | Studies in Religion: Modern Jewish Messianism - From Safed to Brooklyn
R300 | 3973 | Dan


The recent messianic eruption among the Habad (Lubavitch) Hasidim in
Brooklyn and in Israel in the 1980ís and 1990ís, around the figure of
Rabbi Menhem Mendel Schneersohn emphasized the centrality and impact
of messianism in modern and contemporary Judaism.  The history of
this phase of Jewish apocalyptic and redemption visions started in
16th century Safed, a small town in the Upper Galillee, which served
as a center of the kabbalists in the period following the development
of messianic mysticism from that period, through the Sabbatian
movement in the 17th-18th centuries and the Hasidic sects in the 18th-
20th centuries and their influence on the spiritual developments in
modern Judaism.  It will include an analysis of the central
kabbalistic concepts which served these movements and its
relationship to other spiritual phenomena in Judaism, past and
present.