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Benjamin Nathan Cardozo Quote (A Meditation)


Benjamin Nathan Cardozo (May 24, 1870 — July 9, 1938) was a well-known American lawyer and associate Supreme Court Justice. Cardozo is remembered for his significant influence on the development of American common law in the 20th century, in addition to his modesty, philosophy, and vivid prose style. Cardozo served on the Supreme Court only six years, from 1932 until his death in 1938, and the majority of his landmark decisions were delivered during his eighteen year tenure on the New York Court of Appeals, the highest court of that state.

Cardozo was born in New York City, the son of Rebecca Washington (née Nathan) and Albert Jacob Cardozo. Both Cardozo’s maternal grandparents, Sara Seixas and Isaac Mendes Seixas Nathan, and his paternal grandparents, Ellen Hart and Michael H. Cardozo, were Sephardi Jews of the Portuguese Jewish community affiliated with Manhattan’s Congregation Shearith Israel; their families emigrated from England before the American Revolution, and were descended from Jews who left the Iberian Peninsula for Holland during the Inquisition. Cardozo family tradition held that their ancestors were Marranos from Portugal, although Cardozo’s ancestry has not been firmly traced to Portugal. “Cardozo” (archaic spelling of Cardoso), “Seixas” and “Mendes” are common Portuguese surnames.

Cardozo was a twin, with his sister Emily. He was a cousin of the poet Emma Lazarus. He was named for his uncle, Benjamin Nathan, a vice president of the New York Stock Exchange and the victim of a famous unsolved murder case in 1870.

Albert Cardozo was himself a judge on the Supreme Court of New York (the state’s general trial court) until he was implicated in a judicial corruption scandal, sparked by the Erie Railway takeover wars, in 1868. The scandal led to the creation of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and Albert’s resignation from the bench. After leaving the court, he practiced law until his death in 1885.

*** Prayer and Torah study groups will continue to be held around the world in the merit of Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin and his family.

The Sephardic Experience


This film was created with the intention of teaching others about the converse (Jews who where forced into conversion) culture and history.

Latinos discovering their Jewish roots


Over the years, many Latin Americans have begun discovering that they have Sephardic Jewish ancestry from Spain and Portugal through their family history and genetic testing.

History reports that thousands of Spanish Jews and Portuguese Jews converted to Catholicism by force during the Inquisition to not get persecuted and killed. Many of these Jews who converted to Judaism still experienced discrimination in Spain and Portugal which caused thousands of these secret Jews to immigrate to Latin America, mainly to Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico etc.

Because of this, Judaism in Latin America has increased; where hundreds and thousands of Latinos have been reported to converting to Judaism in Latin America.
Last year over 300 Colombians officially finished their Orthodox Jewish conversion after 1 year to 5 years of studying about faith, the laws and the Hebrew language.

This Day in Jewish History / Second Jew appointed to US Supreme Court
Haaretz (blog)
This Day in Jewish History / Second Jew appointed to U.S. Supreme Court. New York native Benjamin Nathan Cardozo took over the seat of retiring Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. By David B. Green | Feb. 24, 2014 | 10:15 AM 
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This Day, February 25, In Jewish History by Mitchell A. Levin
Cleveland Jewish News (blog)
1881: It was reported today that the will of Louis Strauss of San Francisco includes bequests to the Pacific Hebrew Orphan Asylum and Home Society of San Francisco ($10,000), and the Jewish Orphan Asylum of New York ($5,000) as well as three other 
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