1492 and the Making of Sephardic Jewry
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: NYU Press
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T_his book could not have been completed without the ef_forts of a great many people. Since coming to Georgetown University in 2006, I have benef_ited from the support of many sectors of the university. T_hese include several generous grants from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the vital assistance provided by the staf_f at Lauinger Library, and the encouragement ...
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Of the many calamities to befall the Jewish people during their arduous pas-sage from the medieval to the modern world, none was more sharply felt or more widely chronicled by its contemporaries than the Expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492. T_he last in a long line of similar expulsions in medieval Europe, it marked the end of one of the most celebrated periods of af_f_lu-...
1. Medieval Inheritance
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T_he anno mirabilis of 1492 stands as one of the clearest and most decisive limits between historical epochs. In the span of six months, from January to August of that year, a series of events took place that altered the course of Iberian history and ushered in a new era for the culture of Spain and the rest of Europe. T_he transformation began on January 2, when Spain’s Catholic ...
2. The Long Road into Exile
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T_he passage of Iberian Jewry from West to East was neither immediate nor direct. Whereas some of the refugees of 1492 were able to f_ind safe haven in the eastern Mediterranean, the vast majority spent the rest of their lives amid a succession of tribulations in Portugal, North Africa, and Italy. Many years passed before the children and grandchildren of those expelled from Spain ...
3. An Age of Perpetual Migration
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...you will march out against them by a single road, but flee from One of the def_ining characteristics of Jewish history in the sixteenth century was that the great expulsions of the 1490s did not lead to a neat transfer of Jewish settlement from West to East. Rather, the Jewish exodus from Spain gave way to a long and decidedly unsettled period of nearly continuous ...
4. Community and Control in the Sephardic Diaspora
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Each group wanted to maintain the customs and traditions of their For those Jews who survived the f_irst calamitous years after 1492, the question soon arose as to how they would organize themselves in exile. T_he general instability of Jewish life during much of the sixteenth cen-tury played a crucial role in this process. As with the migration of Ibe-...
5. Families, Networks, and the Challenge of Social Organization
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Trust yourself neither to your own brother nor to your best friendT_he independent congregation-community was not the only way in which Mediterranean Jews organized themselves during this period. As the refu-gees of 1492 set about reestablishing these local political associations, they also began to form broader interregional links with one another. T_hese hori-...
6. Rabbinic and Popular Judaism in the Sixteenth-Century Mediterranean
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We know neither the background nor the way of life of these men, Political and social organization were not the only areas of Jewish society in which the realities of daily life fell short of the ideals set forth by Jewish tradition. T_he performance of religious obligations and customs also became an arena in which the contours of the Sephardic Diaspora were asserted ...
7. Imagining Sepharad
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T_he Expulsion of the Jews from Spain and the subsequent migration of Con-versos from Portugal also mark the beginning of a long process of cultural self-fashioning in which the descendants of the Spanish exile would, over the course of the sixteenth century, create a transnational Hispano-Jewish, or “Sep-hardic,” society built upon a shared concept of Iberia as a common homeland. ...
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T_he Expulsion of 1492 was the culmination of a long series of large-scale expulsions that drove the Jews out of Latin Christendom. After decades of continued expulsion and migration, the majority of Iberian Jews ultimately came to settle in Muslim lands, where they continued their legacy of eco-nomic and cultural achievement. From this perspective, it is perhaps natural ...
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About the Author
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Jonathan Ray is the Samuel Eig Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at ...
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Publication Year: 2013