A History of the Jews in Christian Spain, Vol. 2 by Yitzhak Baer, Louis Schoffman, Benjamin R. Gampel

By Yitzhak Baer, Louis Schoffman, Benjamin R. Gampel

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

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On the whole, however, the drafters of the takkanoth mentioned above summed up the situation cor­ rectly: “Many noble communities which had previously been safe and secure were destroyed suddenly. . ” The royal officials in Barcelona and the city fathers took steps for the protection of the Jews and banned public sermons of an inflammatory nature. It was the lower classes which, moved by religious fanaticism and super­ stition, rose up against the Jews. Actually, the Jews suffered no less than the Christians from the Black Plague.

On the whole, this constitution was substantially the same as that of the municipality of Barcelona, except that in the aljama the Council of Thirty played a more important part than the Council of One Hundred in the municipality. All the affairs of the community depend upon the choice of The Thirty; and those who choose them must exercise great caution, that they may be wise and prudent men, well versed in the laws, customs and statutes of the aljama, loving righteousness and pursuing peace, and looked upon with favor by the majority of the people.

The king informed his son about the matter in a letter dated November 30 of the same year. 4 In those days R. Isaac b. Sheshet wrote to another scholar: Almost five months ago unruly men rose up in our midst and accused our great rabbi, R. Nissim Gerondi (God preserve him), and six notables of our community, among whom were the scholar Don Hasdai (Crescas) and I and my brother (long life be his: Amen), and handed us over to the authorities. We are still under bail through no fault of our own. That the community finally emerged unscathed from this or­ deal was due solely to the moral force of its members, who did not flinch during the terrible days of their confinement.

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