Jewish Zamora, with Jesús Jambrina (1/3): A Chronology and a Sage
ENGLISH CORNER, CON LINDA JIMÉNEZ – This week’s trivia question: What is the name of the book that was written by Rabbi Isaac Campanton in the 15th century, and is still used for the study of the Torah today?
(This is part 1 of a series of three programs about Jewish presence and history in Zamora, a city and province in the northwest of Spain, near the Portuguese border.)
Dr. Jesús Jambrina is an Associate Professor of Spanish and History at Viterbo University in Wisconsin. Dr. Jambrina has done extensive research into the Jewish history of Zamora. He was responsible for the establishment of the Centro Isaac Campantón there and also for the organization of six annual international conferences about Jewish history and presence in that region. In parts 2 and 3 of this series he will tell us about these projects.
This week, as an introduction to Jewish Zamora, we are speaking with him about his book, Los judíos de Zamora, una cronología anotada, a comprehensive listing of Jewish-related events that took place there between the first and 19th centuries, including detailed sources and bibliography, and also a biography of Isaac ben Jacob Campantón, Rabbi of Zamora in the 14th to 15th centuries and considered by his own contemporaries Gaon of Castille.