Menasseh ben Israel

Menasseh ben Israel was a 17th-century Portuguese rabbi, kabbalist, writer, diplomat, printer and publisher. Born into a family of conversos in the midst of the Inquisition, ben Israel established the first Hebrew printing press in Holland. He was also active in advocating for the return of expelled Jews to England, motivated in part by a belief that the settlement of Jews throughout the world would hasten the coming of the messiah.