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By Yitzhak Baer, Louis Schoffman, Benjamin R. Gampel

In the second one quantity of his vintage exploration of the Spanish-Jewish group, Baer covers such significant old occasions because the Spanish Inquisition and the Expulsion of the Jews from Spain. This paintings examines the influence of church coverage at the Jewish inhabitants within the fifteenth century, and the issues at which Jewish tradition as a complete was once altered by means of Spain’s actions.

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This indicates that the above words were written before the destruction of the communities of Navarre in that same year. 29 Only in the communal institutions was a certain degree of progress noticeable, and this ran parallel with that of the municipal administrations. In the reign of James II almost every aljama, large and small, was granted the right to levy upon its members a combination of indirect taxes known as Cisa; the communities were thereby enabled to adopt an ef­ ficient fiscal policy.

Nevertheless, the infante had three of the Jews tortured to death. So the young infante reported to his father the king in a letter written early in July 1367, in which he justified what he had done and tried to show his moderation in passing judgment. About six months later the king himself visited Barcelona, and ordered all the Jews—young and old, men, women and children—to be shut up in the local synagogue without any food. As this peculiar procedure elicited no confessions or evidence from the Jews, the king withdrew all the charges.

As the number of our cities is the number of our gods! 28 Not unlike R. Kalonymos, the anonymous mystic of Sara­ gossa pleaded that the import of what had happened in his generation be pondered well. For the hand of the Lord hath not waxed short for sal­ vation [Is. 1]; and behold, fourteen years after the banishment of 5066 [1306], in the year of wrath [af: the numerical equivalent of which is 81. Here, however, the Hebrew year 5080–81 is meant] and anger the Shepherds came and slew about eight thousand men of Israel, as was shown to me by my teacher of blessed memory three years before the event, in uninterrupted visions, two years after he had departed this life.

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