|Document attesting the writer had received a manuscript of Sefer haZoref which was copied from another manuscript which belonged to the Baal Shem Tov.|
|1804 Siddur of ‘The Mekubal R. Yaakov Koppel Lifschitz’, (apparent student of the Baal Shem Tov) with the approbation of R. Asher Tzvi of Ostroh.|
|Photo from: ‘Change has come to Modena, by Eli Genauer’, showing early edition with the four quotation marks.|
|Photo from: Seforim Blog; ‘Kitzur Shelah, Sabbateanism...Nov. 1 2006’, showing the three ‘edits’ to the original text.|
They were isolated from the rest of the Greek Jews because they had a strange promiscuous practice, known as the Festival of the Lamb, which could result in children being born who would be considered illegitimate under Jewish law. For this reason, the rabbis of Salonica did not allow them to be considered as Jews, and they were sent to Turkey.
Ironically that exile to Turkey saved them from extermination during the Holocaust. More than 95 percent of Greek Jews (about 44 000) were later to perish in Poland.
|Donmeh Mosque in Salonica.|
|President Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881-1938), who abolished the Turkish caliphate and the sharia courts.|