Medieval Development of Passover

The joy of the holiday is overshadowed by anti-Semitic violence.

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The messages of Passover continued to inspire oppressed Jews throughout the world. Based on the description of Passover in the prophetic books of the Bible to which they had access in the Christian version, the marranos (hidden Spanish and Portuguese Jews forced to renounce Judaism during the 15th-century Inquisition and their descendants) continued to observe Passover.

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Lesli Koppelman Ross is a writer and artist whose works have appeared nationally. She has devoted much of her time to the causes of Ethiopian Jewry and Jewish education.