Limmud eFestival 2022 Limmud eFestival 2022

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

End of America’s “Andalusian” Golden Age?

We are aware the Jewish presence in Christian Spain ended in 1492 with Expulsion. Less well known: how the far more golden age of Jews in Muslim Spain ended in 12th century, with Islamic reformers who brought to Andalusia, and its Muslim-Jewish convivencia, a purist fundamentalist credo that ended conditions under which Arabic-speaking Jews thrived. What parallels are there today that threaten the golden age of North American Jewry?