10.05.2014

Who was the first Jew in the New World?

Columbus Day / Who was the first Jew in the New World? - Jewish World Features Israel News | Haaretz:

Luis de Torres was apparently born Yosef ben HaLevi HaIvri. He was the voyage’s interpreter. Columbus hired de Torres, who spoke Portuguese, Hebrew, Arabic, and Aramaic, believing that he could converse with the Jews they would find in the court of the Chinese emperor and with the merchants in the markets of the Orient.

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