Sabbatai Zevi’s Impact on Literature

On March 18, the Jewish Community Center of St. Petersburg hosted a lecture by the Yiddish poet and writer Yoel Matveyev on the influence of the false messiah’s Sabbatai Zevi’s mystical movement on world culture and literature. In connection to Saint Patrick’s Day, a special emphasis was placed on early 20th century Irish poetry. Yiddish literature was discussed as well.