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Thursday, February 13, 2020

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Jewish History

With the inquisition having arrived on American shores, twelve Jews were burnt in an auto de fe in Lima, Peru, on the 18th of Shevat 5399 (1639). Of the 63 Jews who were condemned at the time to various punishments, eleven were burnt alive at the stake, along with the body of a twelfth, who had committed suicide during the trial.

Amongst those burnt was Manuel Bautista Perez, reported to have been the richest man in Peru at the time, as well as Francisco Maldonado de Silva, a surgeon, poet, and philosopher who was seized in Chile in 1627, and remained in the dungeons of the Inquisition for nearly twelve years. His devotion to his faith never wavered; while in prison he even converted two Catholics to Judaism!

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The Spanish Inquisition
Expulsion

Daily Thought

In the ancient Book of Formation, it is written, “If your heart races, return to One.”

There are times when you find yourself in a state of inspiration, uplifted from the banalities of everyday life. At this time you must “return to One”—to the oneness of heaven and earth:

You must resolve how this heavenly state will affect your earthly life.