In this Jewish history lecture, David explores the early years of the 18th century, heavily overshadowed by two significant and difficult events of the 1600s – the cataclysm of the Khmelnytsky Massacres and the enormous reverberations of disappointment that followed the false messiah, Shabtai Tzvi.
He discusses Jewish communities of importance in the 1700s – Prague, Amsterdam, Thessaloniki, and Livorno. He also explores the lives, contributions, controversies, and legacies of notable figures associated with these communities, including:
- Glückel of Hameln
- David Nieto
- Nehemiah Hayyun
- Moses Hagiz
- Tzvi Ashkenazi, known as the Chacham Tzvi
- Jonathan Eybeschutz
- Jacob Emden
- Moshe Chaim Luzzatto, known as the Ramchal.
David also addresses the impacts of:
- the Enlightenment
- the rise of capitalism and mercantilism
- changes in political structures and government.
This remarkable hundred-year period not only contained a vast collection of towering individuals, but also brought a range of cultural, intellectual, and spiritual developments that would shape the modern Jewish world.
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This talk is the first in a four-part Jewish history series David presented in 2016 at the Jewish Museum of Australia.