This Day in Jewish History 1647: 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.

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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...