Jesurun, Reuel

(fl. c. 1575-1634)
   Portuguese marrano. He was born in Lisbon. In 1599 he travelled to Rome, intending to join a Christian monastic order. On the journey he was persuaded to return to Judaism, and went back to Lisbon. In 1604 he settled in Amsterdam, where he worked as the administrator of the Talmud Torah rabbinical school. His Didlogo dos montes is a dramatic poem in praise of Judaism.

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  • JESURUN — (Jessurun, Yeshurun), descendants of a Marrano family who fled the Spanish Inquisition and settled mainly in Amsterdam and Hamburg. The Hamburg branch is best known for (d. 1655), rabbi of Hamburg s Portuguese community. He was succeeded by ISAAC …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

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  • LISBON — LISBON, capital of portugal . The Middle Ages Jews were apparently settled in Lisbon in the 12th century, at the time of the conquest of the territory from the Moors and the establishment of the kingdom of Portugal by Affonso I (1139–85). For a… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

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