Passover in History

Historically, Passover was a dangerous time for the Judeo-Christian relationship.  Over the years, the JHSE has examined different expressions of the blood libel as recorded in English history.  You can find other examples but here is a quick selection.  In 1893, Joseph Jacobs looked at the case of Little St. Hugh of Lincoln.  Patricia Allin in 1978 explained the motives that led to Richard of Devizes making similar allegations in Winchester.

Sadly the blood libel was not confined to medieval England or Christianity.  Albert Hyamson wrote in 1945 about The Damascus Affair of 1840.  In the article, he mentions the importance of Sir Moses Montefiore in correcting the dangerous miscarriage of justice and as a result becoming a hero in his own country.

An earlier international intervention can be found in an article written by R. Barnett in 1959 on the Spanish and Portuguese Congregation of London.  In 1760 they matched the financial contribution of the Amsterdam community to pay for an emissary to petition the Pope.  This initiative proved successful – leading to the Church revoking a decree on the blood libel against Polish Jews.

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