Benjamin of Tudela was a rabbi who traveled much of the known world in the 12th century. The journal he wrote about his travels influenced Christopher Columbus. Columbus, in turn, was connected with the Jewish community in Inquisitional Spain. The intersection of these three elements in the 15th century makes for a fascinating and important historical chapter which is often overlooked. Norma Libman's presentation will examine the story in detail: what we know and what we don't know about these men and their true place in history.