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Shakespeare’s Jewish connection

Montague is a Jewish name, and Verona was under the control of Venice, a place to which many Sephardi Jews fled during the Spanish Inquisition and after the expulsion.

William Shakespeare
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Juliet is a Capulet and Romeo is a Montague, two of the most important families of Verona, constantly at odds.

Montague is a Jewish name, and Verona was under the control of Venice, a place to which many Sephardi Jews fled during the Spanish Inquisition and after the expulsion. In fact, Venice was where many talmudic texts were printed.



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