Today In Jewish History

Sponsored by Aish: In 1492, Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain signed a decree expelling all Jews who refused to convert to Christianity. Tomas de Torquemada served as "Grand Inquisitor," charged with uncovering those who continued to practice Judaism in secret (called Conversos or Marranos -- "pigs"). In the ensuing Inquisition, an estimated 32,000 Jews were burned at the…

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Spain opens Sephardic cultural center

From the Jerusalem Post: Spain on Thursday inaugurated a culture institute, "Casa Sefarad Israel" honoring the Sephardic Jews and said it was settling a debt dating back to their expulsion during the Spanish Inquisition."Today is a historic day for the Jewish communities, Israel and Spain. With this act we settle a very old debt with Sepharad," said Spain's Foreign Minister…

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