This Day in Jewish History 1657: The Man Who Persuaded Cromwell to Let Jews Return to England Dies

It isn’t that Menasseh ben Israel thought they missed London; he thought their return would hasten the coming of the Messiah.

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On November 20, 1657, Menasseh ben Israel, a Zelig-like character who played a central role in gaining permission for the Jews to return to England, and who appears on at least the margins of many other...