Game on: historical video game and exhibition in Madrid

I have had the pleasure of visiting this exhibition today. Playing with my into video games from the year 1975 I had very strange feelings and at the same time very deep. It is amazing to see how technology has change so much but at the end is always the same.

Please… Turn your head Queen Isabella

2019-12-10 16.54.23One more year I have taken this special photo in Toledo. We are located under the Statue of Queen Isabela, the one who organise the expulsion of the Jews from Castille and Aragon in 1492. In the background, the Munincipality of Toledo hang the Holidays Lightning, but in this case, they put a Chanukiah as we are inside the Jewish Quarter, and I am just “asking” the Queen to twist head a little bit and look at the Chanukah Candle!!!!

Jews in Spain from 1789 to 1902. New book in Spain

Yesterday, I had the pleaaure to attend the presentation of the last Book of Jacobo Israel Garzon. Jacobo has been President of Jewish Community of Madrid and Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain. Nowdays retired and playing as active historian of the Jewish steps in Spain, Jacobo writes with a simplicity and clearness that makes his history book very easy going for readers; at the same time he brings enormous historical rigor in his job that makes a learning experience during the reading.

I have just started a few pages yesterday but I am really anxiuous to dive on it; specially across a few appedinxes with a personal research job of Mr.Garzon going so deep into the History of the Jews in Spain.

The book is only available in Spanish.


A different day with friends

In several opportunities I have said to my visitors that my policy consists of not having customers; I just have visitors or friends. When you decide to come back to Spain and call me again, that means something and that´s why I love my job and respect you all so much.

So, Nir and friends were in Madrid las week to see Atletico de Madrid vs Barcelona and we spent a different day in the Mountains of Madrid and having a special lunch into a special place!!!

Always welcome!!!


Vilna Gaon ZTL. Coin honouring his 300 birthday anniversary

Following publications in several media, in Q2 2020 Lithuania will realease a new series of coins honoring the 300 Vilna Gaon ZTL (GR”A) Birthday Anniversary.

The coin will be a 10 euros series and it will be the first time that hebrew letters are going to be engraved into a euro  coin.

To know about the life of Vilna Gaon, you can click into:

Ibn Gabirol, Madrid Jewish School, out with Torah Scroll

TIbn GABIROL en ZARAGOZAhis week, the students of Madrid School, Ibn Gabirol, had a few days in the of Zaragoza(Northern Spain), knowing about the Jewish History of this singular area of Spain.

Under the religious direction of Rab Pinhas Punturello this time, the studens could daven a full shajrit with Sefer Torah as this is the first time that the School Center decides to bring a Sefer Torah with them.

I have to congratulate to Rab Punturello for the initiave and all the Jewish Community of Madrid for havaing a so positive asset in our staff!!!!

Good job!