This Day in Jewish History 1336: Aleinu Prayer Prohibited in Castile

King bans prayer believing that the line uttered toward the end of each daily service was insulting to Christians and their messiah.

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February 25, 1336 is the day the king of Castile (what is today north-central Spain) issued an edict prohibiting the recitation of the Aleinu prayer by his Jewish subjects. The reason for the ban was the...