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Abraham Zacuto wrote tables that provided the principal base for Portugese navigation, including those used by Vasco Da Gama on his trip to India.
Guedelha-Master Guedelha served as a rabbi and doctor and astrologer for both King Duarte and King Alfonso V.
From the Golden Age of Discovery to the Inquisition, Portugese Jewry went from the heights of wealth and success to the depths of anguish and despair.
The history of Portugese Jewry is like that of many other places, where success and sadness go hand in hand.
Joao II also sent the Jew, Abraham de Beja, on many voyages to the East.
Jews became the intellectual and economic elite of the country.
Empirical evidence, however, has lagged in supporting the claim.
Yahia ben Yahis grandson, Jose ben Yahi was appointed High Steward of the Realm, by Henriques successor, King Sancho I (1185-1211).
Tensions arose between the Jewish community, who choose to remain faithful to their religion, and the local clergy and middle/lower classes.
A rabbi served as the administrative and legal authority within the commune.
Portugal was home to many famous Jews during this period.
Jews lived in separate quarters, but had freedom to move within the country; these quarters remained until the Jewish expulsion from Portugal.