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Zionism as the Anti-Christ: The Political Theology of R. Yoel Teitelbaum, the Satmar Rebbe

Zionism as the Anti-Christ: The Political Theology of R. Yoel Teitelbaum, the Satmar Rebbe
170 St. George Street, JHB Room 100
Time: Dec 4th, 4:00 pm End: Dec 4th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Religion, Study of (FAS), Jewish Studies
Talk by Shaul Magid

The Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies presents

Zionism as the Anti-Christ: The Political Theology of R. Yoel Teitelbaum, the Satmar Rebbe

Pearl and Jack Mandel Lecture in Jewish Studies

It is well-known that after the establishment of the state of Israel, Yoel Teitelbaum became the most prominent spokesperson for ultra-Orthodox anti-Zionism. Few, however, have carefully scrutinized his voluminous writings on the subject. In this lecture I argue that Teitelbaum was actually a pre-millennial messianist and had a well-developed political theology that placed Zionism as the final test for Jews to overcome in order for messiah to arrive. Zionism was, for him, an anti-Christ. I distinguish between his two major works on the subject: Vayoel Moshe, a halakhic work written in the 1950s and 'Al Ha-Geulah ve 'al ha-Temura (On Redemption and Exchange) written in response to the Six-Day War.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration required. Limited seating. 

For further information, please contact the please contact the Centre for Jewish Studies at 416 978-1624.


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