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Antinomianism comes from the Christian understanding of Romans 10:4: “For the Messiah is the culmination of the Law as far as righteousness is concerned for everyone who believes.”

By Tsvi Sadan |
Lubavitcher Rebbe as the Messiah
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This has been understood as an obligation only to the moral decrees of the Law of Moses, such as the Ten Commandments.


Judaism contains a similar belief that “the commandments will be abolished in the world to come.” Conflict arises not with regard to the concept, but rather over the meaning of “the world to come.” The common Jewish understanding is that this phrase refers to the Messianic Age.


Shabbetai Tzvi, who proclaimed himself messiah in the 17th century, practiced antinomianism to the fullest. As a sign of his messianic role, Tzvi canceled the Jewish holidays and fast days. He also abolished the commandments relating to sexual relationships, declaring that these, too, were no longer valid in the Messianic Age.


The contemporary manifestation of a somewhat similar phenomenon can be found in the ultra-Orthodox Chabad movement, which believes that the deceased Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, is the messiah. Since his death in 1994, Chabad broke...

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