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still found only in manuscript and it is to be hoped that the
rest of the work will soon be issued by the editor. The second
book is a critical edition of the
Kabbalistic Interpretation o f Genesis
Rabbah by RabbiJoseph ben Shalom (ha-Arokh) Ashkenazi
(Jerusalem,
Magnes Press, 1985), edited by M. Hallamish.
The study of Lurianic Kabbalah has yielded but one book.
Y. Avivi’s
Binyan Ariel
(Jerusalem, Misgav Yerushalayim, 1987)
offers a description of the many sources for the teachings of
Rabbi Isaac Luria, based on Luria’s own writings, with special
attention to the works of his disciple, Rabbi Hayyim Vital. How­
ever, the interrelations between these writings and those o f oth­
er reliable transmitters, such as Joseph ibn Tabul and Moses
Jonah, were not taken into account. Avivi has tried to establish
some order in the mass of Lurianic writings, and his work awaits
careful evaluation.
The Dybbuk Tales,
a byproduct of Lurianic Kabbalah, were col­
lected and introduced by G. Nig’al (Jerusalem, Rubin Mass.,
1983 [Hebrew]). Many fascinating stories about women pos­
sessed by wandering spirits have been collected in Nig’al’s book
for the first time. Nig’al also appended a useful bibliography
to his book.
The Sabbatean movement was the subject of a number of
books. First there appeared M. Benayahu’s
The Sabbatean Move­
ment in Greece
(Jerusalem, 1973 [Hebrew]). Benayahu uncov­
ered valuable new sources which will enlarge the scope of the
studies of Sabbatean records. In a source book for the history
of the Sabbatean movement is found the Yiddish account of
Rabbi Leib ben Ozer of Amsterdam. This unique account, en­
titled
The Story of the Activities of Sabbatai Zevi
(Hebrew: Sippur
Ma’asei Shabtai Zevi), was published in a Yiddish-Hebrew bi­
lingual edition, with an introduction and notes by Z. Shazar,
edited by S. Zucker and R. Plesser (Jerusalem, Zalman Shazar
Center, 1978). This book is one of the most lively and important
personal descriptions of the Sabbatean movement.18 Another
valuable later source for the history of the offshoots of the
Sabbatean movement is H. Levine’s
The Kronika: On Jacob Frank
17. This private limited edition o f Benayahu’s book was followed, several years
later, by a second edition o f the same book, as part o f the series
Sefunot,
vol. 14 (1971-78).
18. See the review o f the book by C. Turniansky, in
Kiryat Sefer
54(1979), pp.
161-167.