This Day in Jewish History / A teacher and renouncer of Spinoza dies
Rabbi Shaul Levi Morteira of Amsterdam taught the renegade Jew in his yeshiva and joined in his excommunication.
On February 10, 1660, Rabbi Shaul Levi Morteira of Amsterdam died. Morteira, the head of the combined synagogues of the city and one of the principal teachers of Baruch Spinoza, was a dominant figure in this central Jewish community. He did not shy away from theological controversy, and he has been presented by historians in terms that range from flattering to extremely negative.