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Chief Rabbi of Amsterdam Opposes Lifting of Ban on Spinoza

Dr. Samuel Rodrigues Pereira, Chief Rabbi of the Amsterdam Sephardic community, made it clear today that he saw no reason why the excommunication decree passed on Baruch Spinoza, the famed Dutch Jewish philosopher, 300 years ago, should be revoked.

A lifting of the excommunication of Spinoza was proposed recently by David Ben Gurion, former Premier of Israel, but Dr. Pereira said today he saw no reason for such an action. Spinoza’s ideas, he said, were completely “non-Jewish.”