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Six Failed Messiahs From Jewish History

The excavated caves of Beitar, where Bar Kokhba and his followers briefly withstood a Roman siege.

Samuel anoints David, Dura Europos, Syria, Date: 3rd century CE.

Chacham Tzvi - Tzvi Ashkenazi -Tzvi Hirsch ben Yaakov Ashkenazi (1656, Habsburg Moravia – May 2, 1718, Lviv), known as Chacham Tzvi after his responsa by the same title, served for some time as rabbi of Amsterdam. He was a resolute opponent of the followers of the false messiah, Sabbatai Zevi.He was the grandson of Ephraim ha-Kohen, author of "Sha'ar Efrayim," who in turn was the son-in-law of a grandchild of Elijah Ba'al Shem of Chelm.