Intro note: The ADL, with colleagues from the Jewish Community Relations Council and the American Jewish Committee, regularly meet and dialogue with the staff of the Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the St. Louis Archdiocese. The message below, for which we are truly grateful, was received March 31, 2017.
It was 525 years ago today that Fernando and Isabel, who embarrassingly become known as the Catholic Monarchs, proclaimed the Edicto de Córdoba, the disastrous and ill-advised instrument that expelled thousands of Jews out of their beloved Sefarad. The words of D. Isaac Abravanel, who on behalf of the Jewish people responded to the monarchs, were nothing short of a prophecy: “…for generations to come, it shall be told again and again how your faith was not benevolent and your vision was blinded.”
It is not my intention today to revise historic events of times gone by, but to pause for a moment so I can learn from the past priceless lessons for the future. From any perspective I look at it, there is no doubt Spain paid, and continues to pay, the repercussions of such short-sighted decision. I admire the work you all do helping the community at-large learn about all the wonderful things that unite us, rather than the ones in which we don’t fully agree. Your work makes a difference!
Enjoy the weekend,
Office of Hispanic Ministry
Archdiocese of St. Louis
20 Archbishop May Drive
St. Louis, MO 63119