Jewish Life In Christian Spain

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Around the sixth century the first of the Hebrew people settled in the Iberian Peninsula. At this time captives and exiles spent most their time here in the peninsula since they were sent there. Most of the stories are just word of mouth passed down from Muslim Spain while they were enjoying life. So the inquiry may be how did Jewish life start in Christian Spain? In the north of the peninsula landmass minute Hebrew groups were already established there before the tenth century. Around a century later there was a decent measured group in Barcelona that were composed of tailors, shoemakers, silversmiths, and goldsmiths. Spanish Jews attained a certain term that recognized their distinct group of people called Sephardi. The name Sepharad appears …show more content…
Hebrew people believe in eating Kosher. The word Kosher translates to mean clean and appropriate. They also have a word that is of opposite if Kosher and that is for the impure and dirty and the word that translates is Tref. Both Kosher and Tref foods are throughout the book of Leviticus in the Sephardic Ferrara Bible. There is also a list of Tref foods with split hoofs, fish with fins and scales, and fowl that are permitted in the Judeo-Spanish Bible. The food that is not permitted are insects, reptiles, pork, and the consumption of any blood. Food is also Kosher by not only what it is, but how it is prepared also. For example; any animal that is to be slaughtered has to be in good health standards, no physical defects, and not slaughtered in an inhumane way. Unlike other religious groups that restrict the use of alcoholic beverages the Jewish community is understanding of it. The reasoning behind it is because they use wine in a specific ritual that occurs during dinner and special religious …show more content…
Judeo- Spanish for it is called Subuó or Sebó.
The next holiday is Tisha b’av and it is the time where the people recollect the greatest misfortunes that occurred to the Jewish people and also in the Sephardic way it has the expulsion from Spain and it is called Tesabeá. There are several ceremonies and traditions that the Hebrew people interact with. The first is circumcision. Circumcision to boys of the faith is fundamental and is also backed up by religious texts from the Torah in Genesis 17 10-12. In the following text this comes straight from the Torah.
This is My covenant, which ye shall keep, between Me and you and thy seed after thee: every male among you shall be circumcised. And ye shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a taken of a covenant betwixt Me and you. And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every male throughout your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any foreigner, that is not of thy seed. (Paloma,

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