Toledo and Segovia Virtual Tour: The best 2nd choice

Home gives you time to explore new options, and in this case, I had the idea of organizing Virtual Tours.


Using my experience and a selection of more 2000 photos in my laptop I tried to produce a own “movie”. Voice is always alive.

For the tour I am still playing with Google Meet and Zoom.


Well, once the idea was on, decided to a family tour. I was able to join brothers living in North Africa, sister  and nieces at Panama, more nephews in Gibraltar, Northern Africa and Israel…. So a total happy moment to “watch each other”.

Now, I decided to tell to everyine who has been already with me at Toledo or Segovia, giving a chance to do a revival but joined to some other friends or family…


And here we are. Would you like to try?


SHIR MI KAMOCHA by Rab Yehuda Halevi, with cooperation of Rab Abraham Ibn Ezra

2020-03-08 12.11.49The previous shabbat to Chag Purim, is called Shabbat Zachor. During the morning service Moroccan Jewish Communities use to say “SHIR KAMOCHA”, composed by YEHUDA HALEVI ZTL (1075-1141).

Born in Tudela, Rab Yehuda Halevi ZTL lived in many different parts of Al Andalus and was a disciple of Rab Isaac Alfasi ZTL, the RIF (1013-1103), who lived in Eli Hossana (Lucena).

Rabbi Yehu Halevi lived in Toledo, where he composed several poems, one of them is the SHIR KAMOCHA. The Poem follows an alphabetic structure, where each verse begins with a letter of the Hebrew Alphabet, beginning in “Aleph” and ending in “Taf”. However we see that the letter “Reish” is repeated. Listened this morning from Rab Chayim Maman about this curious fact.

It seems that during the writing of this Poem, Rab Yehuda Halevi was seeking Shidduch for his daughter, and he propose to his wife that the next single to approach them was going to be their future son-on-law. A person came home, but he was extremely poor, but his looking did not say he could be a Torah person, but Rab Yehuda Halevi told to his wife he was going to instruct this young men to deserve their daughter and Talmid Chacham. They could never figure that the person under that looking was Rab Abraham Ibn Ezra ZTL.

How did Rab Yehuda Helevi detect that hi future son-in-law was a so big person? During the writing of the Poem Shir Mi Kamocha, Rab Yehuda HaLevi stops just before writing the verse starting on “Reish” letter. When Ran Abraham Ibn Ezra wrote the next verse, and Rab Levi kept it but add his verse too.

The Poems ending with verse starting with the Acronym of “ANI YEHUDA” (I am Yehuda).

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It has been a ver special weekend visiting SEGOVIA and TOLEDO with these two couples from Philadelphia. With a tight agenda we were visiting the cities, learning history, some shopping and some kosher local food…. a great combination.

Abarbanel House was also in our itinerary and we all enjoy with crossed stories.

Hope to see you soon here.

Barganzo: The new Kosher in Madrid

A few days ago Barganzo, a new Kosher restauran, has just opened in Madrid.

The owner, Aviv, is not only a good man but very open and friendly, making this place a piece of Tel Aviv or Jerusalem in Madrid.

The menu is short but extremely tasty. Service quick and prices very moderate.

See you at Barganzo!!!

Where is it located?

Madrid will have the Jewish Museum


The mayor of Madrid, D.Jose Luis Martinez-Almeida, has made the oficial announcement of the location of the new Jewish Museum.

The Museum will be located in Paseo del Prado, 30, Madrid, just a few steps away from El Prado Museum, Reina Sofia Museum and Botanical Gardens.

It is great news not only for Madrid but for the Jews of the Whole World.

The Fundación Hispano Judía (Hispano Jew Foundation) has been the leader of this success of the Spanish Jewish Community and especially its President, Mr.David Hatchwell has played a decisive role in this journey that begins inmediately.




Chotis: the dance of Madrid

chotis at MadridChotis is a music and dance originating in Spain. Its name derives from the German term Schottisch (“Scottish”), a Central European social dance to which Vienna wanted to attribute origin in a Scottish dance.

The typical outfit for chotis dancers is very particular, becoming the Madrid uniform when May 15th arrive and the city celebrates Saint Isidro.

Jewish Community of Ceuta commemorates the 75th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation

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As you all know I always write about the Jewish Community of Ceuta (my born city) where the Jewish Community of Ceuta demonstrates to have a very solid level of coexistence with the rest of cultures who are populating this singluar Spanish enclave in the Northern part of Africa. Basically in Ceuta coexist Catholic, Muslims, Hindus and Jewish people.

Today, 75 years after the Concenctration Camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau were liberated by the Russian troops, every single developed city in the World commemorates this fact, because  THE WORLD CANNOT FORGET what human beings are able to do.

The act in Ceuta has the presence of the Rabi of Jewish Community, Rab Jacob Levy, the President of Munincipality, Excmo Sr. Juan Vivas, president of Jewish Coomunity and several local authorities belonging to both, civil and militar society.