Daily Topic for March 31, 2016

Ruth 4:16-21, NASB
Then Naomi took the child and laid him in her lap, and became his nurse. The neighbor women gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi!” So they named him Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David. Now these are the generations of Perez: to Perez was born Hezron, and to Hezron was born Ram, and to Ram, Amminadab, and to Amminadab was born Nahshon, and to Nahshon, Salmon, and to Salmon was born Boaz, and to Boaz, Obed, and to Obed was born Jesse, and to Jesse, David.

Sephardic Jews in Spain

by PD

Can a nation correct the errors of her past? On October 1, 2015, Spanish legislators passed a bill that allowed Jewish people (known as Sephardic Jews) the “Right of Return” after their ancestors were expelled 500 years ago. At that time, Spain was emerging as a world power after being controlled by North African Muslims for nearly 700 years. They used their new power to start the Inquisition where Jews, Muslims, and Protestants were persecuted. Many from these same groups had to leave Spain, Portugal, and their New World colonies.
Now Spain is welcoming the descendants of these Jewish people back to their country. The World Jewish Congress estimated that there could be up to 40,000 Sephardic Jews currently living in Spain. The Spanish government expects up to 200,000 Sephardic Jews to apply for citizenship, following the “Right of Return” that will last for three years. With increased anti-Semitism in some South American countries, Turkey and France, many Sephardics have started to apply for Spanish citizenship.
North African Muslims feel they should have the same right of reciprocity because they too were expelled at that time. However, the Spanish government does not plan to make citizenship easier for them since their communities tend to depend on government benefits.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Some Sephardics living in Spain have become Messianic Jews; pray that God will use them to extend His grace to traditional Sephardic Jews. Pray for a discipleship movement to emerge among Sephardic Jews in Spain.

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