Jewish Messianism

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In addition, Moshe Idel has recently highlighted the attempt by individual mystics to achieve messianic consciousness. Mystics, like Abraham Abulafia, didn't just try to bring the Messiah, they tried to become the Messiah.

Messianism is still a prominent theme in modern Judaism, though many contemporary Jews have rejected belief in an individual Messiah. Zionism has many messianic undertones in its focus on national redemption, and in the last decade, messianic fervor has fermented amongst the Chabad Lubavitch Hasidim, some of whom claim that their late leader, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, is in fact the Messiah. These Hasidim believe that the "Rebbe," as Schneerson is known, will be resurrected (or that he isn't truly "dead") and will return to fulfill the messianic work he began during his lifetime. Many people, both outside and within the Chabad movement, have repudiated this notion of a resurrected Jewish Messiah.

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