This Day in Jewish history / The Portuguese burn a converso backslider
Isaac de Castro Tartas, 22, recited the Shema at the stake, starting a defiant practice that confounded the Lisbon authorities.
On December 15, 1647, Isaac de Castro Tartas, a converso Jew of Portuguese descent, was one of six people burned at the stake by the Portuguese Inquisition, in Lisbon. He was 22 years old, and was sentenced to death for having backslided into Jewish belief and practice, and refusing to repent for his crimes.
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