Thursday, October 25, 2007

Spain Repeals Expulsion (1991)

Dry Bones cartoon (1991): Spain Repeals 500 year-old Expulsion of the Jews.
Well, it's been 16 years since Spain repealed their 500 year-old expulsion of the Jews in 1492.

Generations of American kids only knew that date by having been taught that "Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 14 hundred 92." The Inquisition and the expulsion of the Jews from Spain never, at least in my day, made it into the history books.

There is, of course a heavy connection between Columbus and the expulsion of the Jews from Spain:

"On On March 31, 1492, the Edit of Expulsion was signed. The deadline for Jews to leave Spain was August 3, 1492, which was, ironically, the Ninth of Av (Tisha B'av) on the Jewish calendar, a day of fasting commemorating the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem.

Columbus and his crew boarded their vessels before midnight, and on the August 3rd sailed before sunrise."-more.

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