Monday, October 8, 2012

Happy Columbus Day! (Maybe it is a Jewish celebration after all...)

As Columbus Day coincides this year with the end of Sukkot and with Shemini Atzeret, it seems fitting to revisit the question of Christopher Columbus and the possibility that he was Jewish.

Here's an article which you may have missed last May, on the 500th anniversary of Columbus' death, which reviews some of the evidence supporting this claim and an article from the Jewish Virtual Library which examines source documents in the Library of Congress for evidence of Jewish influence on Columbus' voyage.

In a related article published today, Brandeis doctoral student Yoni Appelbaum reflects on the changing nature of the Columbus Day commemoration.

Food for thought...

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