28. The cultural legacy of the aljama
During the Middle Ages, the Call de Barcelona was a great cultural hub and earned a reputation as a “city of sages” among the Jews. It was the seat of an internationally renowned rabbinical school and a very active centre for producing the Haggadot, the manuscripts setting out the ritual of the Jewish Passover meal.
Theology, science, philosophy, poetry and Kabbalah flourished in the Call: the multifaceted scientist and translator Abraham bar Hiyya, the jurist and theologian Salomon ben Adret and the philosopher Hasday Cresques are three key names in the intellectual history of Catalan and European Judaism.