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  • Documents Just Found in Spain May Shed Light on Jewish Mysticism

    It was truly a historic find. About 15 years ago, archivists examining several yellowed volumes of notarial records in the city of Girona in northeastern Spain began suspecting that the covers were lined with precious historical documents. They carefully picked apart the volumes and found a multitude of Hebrew manuscripts embedded in the covers, including… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture Nazis Received Warm Welcome in Postwar Spain, New Book Says

    Five years ago, an investigative journalist browsing through Spanish government archives stumbled on a list of 104 Nazis who hid in Spain after World War II and were being sought by the Allies. But the Nazis were never handed over. Irujo was shocked to discover how they escaped punishment not only with the connivance of… More ▸

  • Acting As a Friend in ‘time of Need,’ Spain Oks Sale of Antidote to Israel

    As the countdown continues to an anticipated war against Iraq, Spain has agreed to provide Israel with extra supplies of a poison gas antidote. Israel is heightening its civil defense preparations against a possible Iraqi chemical attack in case of a U.S.-led strike on Baghdad. The antidote, known as atropine, is contained in the gas… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World After 500 Years, Jews Leaving Spanish Enclaves Near Morocco

    Growing anti-Semitism and poor economic prospects are threatening to extinguish two Jewish communities on the North African coast. After the expulsion from Spain in 1492, a small number of Jews escaped across the Strait of Gibraltar to two fortress cities that Spanish kings were establishing as beachheads in North Africa. Despite the Inquisition on the… More ▸

  • In Ironic Twist of History, Spain Now Attracting Argentine Jews

    It was standing room only in the B’nai Brith office that Madrid’s tiny, rabbi-less Conservative synagogue uses for its Kabbalat Shabbat services. After concluding prayers on a recent Friday night, Bet El’s congregation remained seated to talk about reports that tens of thousands of Argentine Jews — most of them members of the Conservative movement… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World As Far As Jewish Past Goes, Reconciliation is the Word in Spain

    “Sepharad is your home.” Those soothing, welcoming words were pleasant to hear, especially from a non-Jewish Spanish official, the head of tourism in the small town of Castello d’Empuries in Catalonia in Spain’s northeastern corner. “Spain is your home,” the official had said, using the Hebrew word “Sepharad,” a symbolic reminder that 500 years of… More ▸