UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies


Joseph Citron

Assessing the vision of R. Isaiah Horowitz’s Shnei Luhot Haberit as a model of Jewish Pietism in the 17th Century.

Supervisors: Prof. Sacha Stern, Dr. Tali Loewenthal

Period of Study:  2015 - 2019


I am researching the encyclopaedic work, the Shelah, which was written at the beginning of the seventeenth century and includes notable contributions to halakha, kabbalah and mussar literature. It has never been systematically studied before and I believe it is essential to properly understanding the nature of Kabbalistic thought and its practical impact upon Jewish society. I originally studied the phenomenon of false messiah Shabbatai Tzvi for my Undergraduate dissertation and whether it was connected to the spread of Lurianic Kabbalah. As one of the most popular works of the period, I was excited to embark upon an analysis of the work to describe its potential influences on the Sabbatian movement and popular religion in the 17th Century.

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