20 Jun 2006

Although there have been many expulsions from various lands in the Exile by the nations that lived there, this term has come to refer mainly to the expulsion of the Jewish People from Spain by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella in 1492, under the influence of the Priest Torquemada. Some 250,000 Jewish, Spanish citizens were affected by this Order of Expulsion, that was issued on Tisha B’Av of that year. On that very day, Christopher Colombus set sail for the New World, on the mission that would result in his discovery of America, and the opening, not much later, of another place for the Jewish community to locate.