This Day in Jewish History Proselytizing Jews Burned at the Stake

When a sect of Jewish scholars who opposed the teaching of the Russian Orthodox Church lost the support of the archduke, they were quickly tried for heresy and burned at the stake in 1504.

On December 27, 1504, several of the perpetrators of a "Judaizing heresy" were burned at the stake in Novgorod in northeast Russia. The term refers to attempts at proselytization meant to convince members of the Orthodox Church of the falsity of church doctrine.