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This Day in History: November 1, 1478 – Launching the Spanish Inquisition

On November 1, 1478, Pope Sixtus IV issued the papal bull Exigit Sinceras Devotionis Affectus.

Yom Kippur and the Hidden Jews

Many believe that Kol Nidre was created in response to the conversos’ plight and their need to nullify their conversion vows.

Israel Inspired: Spanish Jews Spiraling Through Time [audio]

Spanish speaking descendants of Meronos (Jews who hid their Jewish identity during the Spanish Inquisition) want to return to their authentic origins and roots. What do they do now? On today's Israel Inspired with Ari Abramowitz and Jeremy Gimpel.

Why Spanish Citizenship May be Good For You

If eligible, are their benefits to claiming Spanish citizenship?

Muslims Demand Equal Terms after Spanish Law for Jewish Return

Several Muslim families currently residing in North Africa are candidates for receiving Spanish citizenship.

Spain Draft Law Grants Sephardic Jews Citizenship

Spain’s ruling Popular Party (PP) has submitted a draft law that could grant citizenship to descendants of Jews expelled from Spain during the Spanish...

Pope Will Enjoy Netanyahu’s Gift If He Has Guilty Conscience

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu presented  Pope Francis Monday with a copy of the book “The Origins of the Inquisition in Fifteenth Century Spain,” a...

Escape From The Inquisition

"In 1478 at the request of the Spanish sovereigns Ferdinand and Isabella, Pope Sixtus IV (1471-84) issued a papal bull allowing for the creation of the Spanish Inquisition.

Title: The Heretic

The Heretic is a history of the early beginnings of the Spanish Inquisition in novelized form - a breathtaking tour de force that is both historically accurate and unusually entertaining, so that one can almost finish the nearly 400 pages in just two or three sittings.

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