Item 10496. THE CAREER OF A FRANKIST : MOSES DOBRUSCHKA AND HIS METAMORPHOSES [INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR]

THE CAREER OF A FRANKIST : MOSES DOBRUSCHKA AND HIS METAMORPHOSES [INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR]

Jerusalem, 1970. Paperback. Item #38904

Original Wrappers. [v]-viii, [127]-181 (ie 4 + 55 pages) ; 22 cm. Chiefly in Hebrew, summary in English with title pages in both languages. Offprint from: Zion : quarterly for research in Jewish history, V. 35. This copy is inscribed by the Scholem on the front cover. “Frankism, a Jewish religious movement of the 18th and 19th centuries, centered on the leadership of the Jewish Messiah claimant Jacob Frank, who lived from 1726 to 1791. At its height it claimed perhaps 50, 000 followers, primarily Jews living in Poland and other parts of Eastern Europe. Unlike traditional Judaism, which provides a set of detailed guidelines called halakha that are scrupulously followed by observant Jews and regulate many aspects of life, Frank claimed that ‘all laws and teachings will fall’ and following antinomianism asserted that one's most important personal obligation of every person was the transgression of every boundary. ” (Wikipedia, 2016) In this publication, Scholem tells the story of Moses Dobruska, a first cousin once removed of Jacob Frank (and Frankist himself) , who was also an active Jacobin during the French Revolution. Dobruska changed his name twice during his life (first to Schönfeld, and then to Frey) because of his various political and religious beliefs. He was executed by guillotine for treason and espionage during the Revolution on 5 April 1794. Scholem, who published several works on Frankism throughout his life, inscribed this copy, “With Blessings and Friendship, G. Scholem. ” Also inserted is a return address from the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, which is also signed by the Scholem, indicating that the package was sent from him at the Academy. SUBJECT(S) : Jews -- Austria -- Biography. Jacobins -- France -- Biography. Some wear to wrappers. Overall very good condition. (AMR-48-36A).

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