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According to the Abarbanel, the Jewish community of Spain began after the destruction of the First Temple, when under the reign of a Spanish King named Pirush, [who was an ally of Nevuchadnezzar], exiles from Jerusalem from the tribes of Yehuda, Binyomin, Shimon and Levi arrived by sea in Spain and settled in Lucena and Toledo. These Jews did not return to Eretz Yisrael with Ezra, because they knew that the establishment of the Second Commonwealth did not herald a complete geulah and was destined to be destroyed.
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Pinchas Landis

Pinchas Landis

Rabbi Pinchas Landis grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating from a performing arts high school, he traveled the country for a year as International B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO) President. Throughout this time he became more interested and aware of traditional Judaism. Rabbi Landis has since spent a total of nine years learning at Yeshiva University, Ohr Somayach Tanenbaum College, and the Ner Israel Rabbinical College. He has also done postgraduate work towards a Masters in Community Counseling at Johns Hopkins University. Rabbi Landis was a congregational Rabbi in Cincinnati, and now serves as the Director of Partners In Torah of Cleveland. He is also an owner of Bettering People Inc., a company focusing on helping people in both their personal and businesses lives. Rabbi Landis is a featured speaker on TorahAnytime.com and the host of several podcasts featured on JewCast.com. Rabbi Pinchas Landis is a dynamic and fascinating speaker and teacher, specializing in the areas of Inspiration, Personal Growth and History. He has inspired crowds from Los Angeles to Jerusalem; from Montreal to Miami. Rabbi Landis and his wife Naomi have five beautiful children.

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