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The throne separated religions to try and keep peace.

sephardimCasa de Sephardim
in Cordoba
Photo by Justojosemm

Who were the Sephardim?

sephardic jew

Created by Bernard Picart

The story goes like this. Nebuchadnezzar destroys Jerusalem and devastates the tiny nation of Israel. The people flee. Many from the house of King David land in Iberia. They establish for themselves a life and begin to blend with the others who found their way to this historic peninsula.

The Arabs, Berbers, Phoenicians, Visigoths. And then the Jews. Sometimes the Jews were tormented. Most people are certainly familiar with the term Anti-Semitism. It was nothing new.

A couple hundred years later the Romans came and took over, bringing more Jews to settle in the newly conquered territory. Again the people of Israel were scattered.

The Nation of Spain Formed in Iberia

Nearly two thousand years go by and Aragon and Castile provinces merge through the marriage of Ferdinand and Isabelle and the nation of Spain was born. The throne separated religions to try and keep peace. Cities were quartered. Over a decade went by and the throne decided more was needed to bring unity. Enter the Inquisition. There is some folklore attached to this. And in the end, in Granada a decree was written. All Jews had to convert or leave.

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