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He approached St Faro, the bishop of Meaux, to whom he made known his desire to live a life of solitude in the forest.
St Faro assigned him a spot called Prodilus (Brodolium), the modern Breuil, in the province of Brie.
Portugal, on the other hand, having abolished the Inquisition in 1821, has since 1826 allowed Jews freedom of religion, and there are synagogues in Lisbon and Faro.