Holy Heresy | NYC

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New York, NY
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Heretics are often thought of as “unbelievers,” but in fact, they are true believers — their beliefs just differ from the majority. Other than Christianity, the greatest Jewish heresy was Sabbateanism, the mystical-messianic movement which rejected Jewish law and which lasted from the 17th to 20th centuries.

Tonight we will touch on two Jewish texts on heresy — Jacob Frank’s The Words of the Lord, an 18th century post-Sabbatean tract, and Reb Zalman’s Renewal is Not Heresy, a 20th century text distinguishing Renewal from Sabbateanism. What distinguishes heresy from mere rebellion on the one side, and reform on the other? And what do these debates look like today?