This Day in Jewish History / All but one of Shabbetai Zvi's devotees get excommunicated
The rabbis of Constantinople ousted all the followers of the false messiah, except for Nathan of Gaza.
December 9, 1666, is the date on which the rabbis of Constantinople excommunicated all the followers of Shabbetai Zvi, with the exception of Nathan of Gaza -- the man most responsible for spreading messianic fervor across the Jewish world. A mere year and a half earlier, Nathan, a learned man who was a student of Lurianic kabbala, had had the vision informing him that Shabbetai Zvi (1626-1676) was the agent who...
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