Obj. ID: 40588
Jewish printed books Orden de Los Cinco Tahaniot, Amsterdam, 1648
This text was prepared by William Gross:
The beginning of the Jewish community in Amsterdam is rooted in the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions at the end of the 16th century. During this period, many of the large number of Jews whose ancestors had been forcibly converted almost one hundred years earlier and labeled "New Christians" were being hounded and accused of heresies. Some of these chose to leave and found a friendly refuge in the Protestant city of Amsterdam. As more and more of them arrived and sought to return to their Jewish roots, the need arose for fundamental Jewish texts that would be comprehensible to an audience ignorant of Hebrew.
An early Spanish printing of prayers in Amsterdam for the Jews who were coming from Spain and Portugal. the printing of the five fast days is particularly rare in this language.
The Christian printer Nicolaes ban Ravesteyn, active from 1636-1662 printed Spanish works for Sephardic Jews. Brought to Press by: Yonah Abravanel