Collection of texts on Shabbethai Tzevi and the Sabbatean movement

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Collection of texts on Shabbethai Tzevi and the Sabbatean movement
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1600 - 1799 (Approximate)
Library locations
Dorot Jewish Division
Shelf locator: **P (Ms. Heb. 185)
Topics
Manuscripts, Hebrew
Shabbethai Tzevi, 1626-1676
Sabbathaians
Genres
Manuscripts
Notes
Content: Manuscript, on paper. Twenty-four manuscripts bound together, in Sephardic and Italian script, from the 17th and 18th centuries. Many of the works were published by A. Freimann, ʻInyene Shabetai Tsevi (Berlin, 1912), p. 81-108, and by Gershom Scholem and his students.
Content: Fols. 1r-6v: Letter by Abraham Miguel Cardozo to the rabbinical court of Izmir concerning Shabbetai Zevi. Edited from this manuscript by A. Freimann, in Inyene Shabetai Tsevi, p. 81-82, and from another manuscript by G. Scholem in Zion, 19 (1953), pp. 1-22 -- Fols. 14r-22v: Writings by Samuel Issachar Loeb Perlhefter concerning Mordecai Eisenstadt, a follower of Shabbetai Zevi Edited from this manuscript by G. Scholem, in Sefer Dinaburg (Jerusalem, 1949), pp. 237-262 -- Fols. 23r-27v: Sabbatean text -- Fols. 28r-31r: Raza de-mehemanuta, a Sabbatean text attributed to Shabbetai Zevi. Y. Liebes identified the true author as Abraham Cardozo, in Kiryat Sefer, 55 (1981), pp. 603-616 -- Fols. 31v-32r: Writings by Zadok ben Shemariah of Grodno predicting the second coming of Shabbetai Zevi in 1695. Cf. Y. Tishby, in Zion, 12 (1947), p. 88 -- Fols. 33r-34v: Pious customs by Abraham Galante of Safed and Abraham Levi Berukhim. Edited from another manuscript by S. Schechter, Studies in Judaism, 2 (Philadelphia 1908), pp. 294-299. See also M. Hallamish, in Ale Sefer, 14 (1987), pp. 89-97 -- Fol. 35r: Biblical verses to recite before havdalah -- Fols. 35v-37r: Commentary on a passage in the Zohar -- Fols. 38r-39r: Letter by Nathan of Gaza, the prophet of Shabbetai Zevi, to Raphael Joseph. Edited from this manuscript by A. Freimann, in Inyene Shabetai Tsevi, pp. 84-85 and in Y. Tishby's edition of Zizat Novel Zevi by Jacob Sasportas (Jerusalem, 1964), pp. 7-12 -- Fols. 40r-75r: Nathan's Tikune teshuvah. Cf. Y. Tishby, in Tarbiz, 15 (1944), fols. 161-190 and especially pp. 162-163 where the contents of the tikkunim in this manuscript are described in detail, and Y. Liebes, in Zion, 45 (1980), p. 242, note 141 -- Fol. 77r-v: Secret letter concerning Shabbetai Zevi sent in 1669 to the believers in Jerusalem. First edited by G. Scholem, in Zion, 10 (1945), pp. 145-146.
Content: Fols. 78r-84r: Sahaduta de-Mehemnuta, anonymous Sabbatean treatise followed by a commentary, edited by G. Scholem in Be-Ikvot Mashiah (Jerusalem, 1944), pp. 72-87 -- Fols. 86r-87r: Nathan of Gaza's pseudepigraphic vision, attributed to a medieval saint, Abraham Hasid, who foretold the birth and early history of Shabbetai Zevi, edited by Scholem, ibid., pp. 59-65 -- Fols. 90r-104v: Derush ha-Taninim by Nathan of Gaza, edited by Scholem, ibid., pp. 14-52. Copied in Jerusalem in Heshvan, 5458 [1697] -- Fols. 105r-109r: Another copy of Raza de-Mehemanuta -- Fols. 109v-115v: Anonymous kabbalistic treatise -- Fols. 115r-115v: Commentary on rules by Nathan of Gaza. See M. Benayahu, in Sefunot 14 (1971-1978), book 4, pp. 332-333. Followed by two poems by Abraham Peretz edited by M. Benayahu, ibid., pp. 367-370 -- Fol. 116r-v: Sabbatean prophecy based on the story of Jonah. Edited from this manuscript by Scholem, ibid., pp. 67-68 -- Fols. 116v-117r: Two Sabbatean poems, edited by M. Benayahu, ibid., p. 370 -- Fols. 117r-118r: Letter by Benjamin ben Eliezer to Heshel Zoref of Vilna dated 1691. Edited from this manuscript by A. Freimann, in Inyene Shabetai Tsevi, pp. 106-108 -- Fols. 118v-119r: Brief Sabbatean homilies -- Fols. 119r-126r: Two letters concerning the Sabbatean movement. The first letter, concerning R. Benjamin, was partly edited by Freimann, ibid., pp. 86-87. The second letter, sent by Abraham Cardozo to his brother Isaac, was edited by Freimann, ibid., pp. 87-92 -- Fol. 126v: On transmigration of souls concerning the kabbalists Isaac Luria and Hayyim Vital -- Fols. 127r-135v: Various short works associated with the Sabbatean movement.
Physical Description
Extent: 164 [i.e. 328] p. ; 18 cm.
Type of Resource
Text
Languages
Hebrew
Identifiers
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b16142871
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 9c097ea0-c532-012f-b9f1-3c075448cc4b
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  • 1600: Created (Approximate)
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2022: Found by you!
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Collection of texts on Shabbethai Tzevi and the Sabbatean movement