A combination of factors contributed to the decline of Spanish-Jewish culture. Many of the sophisticated peoples of the Jewish community had already begun to doubt there Judaistic faith simply by adopting intellectually philosophical beliefs that had discredited their religion. As it was said in this article, “Those who read a few columns in a book of Greek philosophy will soon tear to shreds the scroll of the Torah.” (Alami, pg. 117) Although ancient philosophy was a contributor to the decline of Judaism, it was not as common as others which had appealed to the general masses.
Another reason for the cause of a decline in Judaism culture is because the majority of the people in Spain we’re Christians, and they were extremely intolerant of the Jewish peoples. Frequent riots had occurred throughout the country for the purposes of targeting, killing or forcibly converting individuals under the Jewish faith. The environment of Spain for the Jewish people was certainly not a safe one. To avoid the violent acts of the Christian citizens of the country, many Jewish peoples converted to Christianity for the protection it had provided.
Not only did the citizens of Spain suppress people of the Jewish faith, the authorities of Spain probably had the biggest impact in the decline of the Jewish culture. In particular, a man named Vincent Ferrer was a leader in the Spanish community in forcing the conversion of Jews to Christianity. He was known to be responsible for the creation of the Laws of Valladolid, which was a set of laws created to significantly suppress the people of the Jewish faith. This had caused many of the Jews to lose their homes, careers and cause them to pay much higher taxes than Christians and had caused either the death or conversion of the Jewish population.
The article also shows the readers that running wasn’t as appealing as you would think; and that converting to Christianity was much easier. When the Jews from Spain had fled from their country, they had usually travelled to a destination where there had already been an established Jewish community. Although the people of the Judaistic religion worshipped the same general belief, much of their culture and laws had often contradicted each other or had differed. The culture and laws varied from region to region, and Jews under different cultures had often maintained a steady friction between one another which could sometimes provide an environment unsuitable to live in.
As you would expect, a century...