I notice you already have this question for the Holocaust but haven't found it for the Spanish expulsion. I understand that many great people gave reasons for it, like the seder hadoros, tsror hamor and ohr hachaim of yosef yaavets linked below. Perhaps you know of many others. Why did the Jewish people deserve the Expulsion?

here six lines from the bottom. here And here

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    I believe the primary reason was antisemitism. Could be wrong tho...
    – Seth J
    Apr 26, 2013 at 14:19
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    @shulem who says they deserved it?
    – Daniel
    Apr 26, 2013 at 14:36
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    Is this the same as why do bad things happen to good people, or is there something specific about the inquisition? Apr 26, 2013 at 14:45
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    @MonicaCellio We tend to special-case national tragedies - the Churbans (I and II), various exiles, and the Holocaust come to mind. In each case, there are many who introspect and think how we (as a nation) failed. Apr 26, 2013 at 19:19
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    Shulem, we may need to change the language of this question. Are you referring to the forced conversion of Spanish Jews and their expulsion, or are you referring to the Spanish inquisition? The two things are different: the purpose of the inquisition was to seek out and find Jews who hadn't really converted and to locate "Judaisers" and burn them. It had nothing to do with forcing their conversion or with exiling them from Spain.
    – Shimon bM
    May 2, 2013 at 2:07

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We are told many times throughout the Torah and Tanach that we will be spread to the four corners of the Earth among the nations and that....

וּבַגּוֹיִם הָהֵם לֹא תַרְגִּיעַ, וְלֹא-יִהְיֶה מָנוֹחַ לְכַף-רַגְלֶךָ; וְנָתַן יְהוָה לְךָ שָׁם לֵב רַגָּז, וְכִלְיוֹן עֵינַיִם וְדַאֲבוֹן נָפֶשׁ.

And among these nations shalt thou have no repose, and there shall be no rest for the sole of thy foot; but the LORD shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and languishing of soul (Dvarim 28:65)

All are troubles throughout history are pointed to from this pasuk... We, as a nation, will never have long lasting peace and security living among the nations.... this is all to remind us that we don't belong there and it is not our destiny to remain in galus.

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    I gave 3 answers from rabbonim living at the time or near it. My question was if anybody knew of anymore.
    – user2709
    May 4, 2013 at 23:14
  • Well if that is not prophecy fulfilled then i don't know what is.
    – Neil Meyer
    Jul 24, 2015 at 19:37

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