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Today in Jewish History - September 14 / Elul 23

1666 September 14, SHABBETAI ZEVI (Ottoman Empire)

Shabbetai Zvi
Courtesy of The Jewish Magazine
The Sultan, aware that by killing Shabbetai Zevi would turn him into a martyr, "convinced" Zevi that converting to Islam was in his best interest. On this day, he was brought before the Sultan where be took off his Jewish head dress and replaced it with Turkish turban. The repercussions of his conversion sent shock waves throughout the Jewish world and were to be felt for many years. Some of his followers claimed that it wasn't really him who converted. Others professed that, by going to Islam to redeem them as well, he had proved that he was the Messiah.


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