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.

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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...