To Sin is Holy: The Anti-Torah of Jacob Frank
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at Limmud Colorado at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs, CO
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The antinomian heretic Jacob Frank (1726-1791) was a fascinating and startling Jewish (and Christian and, briefly, Muslim) thinker and/or cult leader who believed that the total transgression of all basic norms was necessary to actualize the messianic redemption. Think Sabbetai Sevi but with more sex and heresy. In this class we’ll apply a very traditional format — hevruta, texts, etc. — to very radical texts, including some of Frank’s remarkable legends and tales.