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From Christianity to JudaismStory of Isaac Orobio de Castro$
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Yosef Kaplan

Print publication date: 1989

Print ISBN-13: 9780197100608

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780197100608.001.0001

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Doubt and Certainty

Doubt and Certainty

(p.110) 6 Doubt and Certainty
From Christianity to Judaism

Yosef Kaplan

Liverpool University Press

This chapter assesses how, in Amsterdam, Rabbi Moses Raphael d'Aguilar became Isaac Orobio de Castro's mentor in Jewish matters. Isaac asked him many questions regarding Jewish law and biblical exegesis, and d'Aguilar answered them conscientiously. An instructive example of this consultative arrangement with d'Aguilar is to be seen in one such enquiry that was made a short time after Orobio's return to Judaism and his joining the Congregation Talmud Torah in Amsterdam. At this period, when many a gnawing doubt was robbing him of rest and clouding the happiness of his integration into Jewish religious life, Orobio addressed five questions to Moses d'Aguilar on various topics, some involving biblical exegesis and some concerned with Halakhic matters. These questions, together with the rabbi's answers, have been preserved in manuscript. The chapter then considers the relationship between Orobio and Juan de Prado. Both were born into Portuguese crypto-Jewish families that settled in southern Spain, found refuge in Amsterdam, and became absorbed in the Jewish community there.

Keywords:   Rabbi Moses Raphael d'Aguilar, Isaac Orobio de Castro, Jewish law, biblical exegesis, Judaism, Talmud Torah, Jewish religious life, Juan de Prado, crypto-Jews, Jewish community

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