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The Secret Shofar of Barcelona by Jacqueline Dembar Greene
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Nov 11, 2010

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Grades 1-3. In 1492 Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain decreed that everyone is Spain must be Catholic. All other faiths were required to convert or leave the country.

In this legend (there is no historical record), Rafael is a Jewish musician in hiding. Traditionally the shofar (a type of horn) is blown to celebrate the new year. Because of his status as a well-loved musician, Rafael came up with a plan to have a concert on the Jewish new year. And there on stage, in front of everyone-- he blew the shofar as a part of the show, with the intent that its "secret" meaning would be heard by Jews hiding all over Barcelona.

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