from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Pertaining to the mystical ideas of Sabbatai Zevi and his followers.
- n. A follower of this movement.
It begins with an appeal to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses and the “King Messiah” to arise and redeem Israel; this prayer derives, through an intermediate text in Yiddish, from Sefer Hemdat Yamim (Book of the Days of Delight), a widely read kabbalistic guide to the Jewish festival cycle, which originated in Sabbatian circles.
Secret devotion to the Sabbatian doctrines, which had made their home in Poland, sometimes led to such extremes in dogma and ethics that the rabbis could not contain themselves.
Pursuit of Heresy: Rabbi Moses Hagiz and the Sabbatian Controversies
She is the author of The Pursuit of Heresy: Rabbi Moses Hagiz and the Sabbatian Controversies and Divided Souls: Jewish Converts to Christianity in German Lands, 1500 – 1750.
To really measure the limitations of the kabbalistic framework of reference, I would recommend spending some time looking at this gentleman’s Sabbatian material:
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