Articles

These papers originally appeared in HaLapid, the publication of the SCJS. More articles will be added to this page with each new issue of HaLapid.

Visualizing the Crypto-Jewish Ancestry  of Mexico

Visualizing the Crypto-Jewish Ancestry of Mexico

In 2010 I made a series of monotypes on the subject of Doña Gracia Nasi y Mendez, which were used as part of the game-board for the game “Befrienders and Betrayers” that I presented to the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies Conference in San Antonio, TX.  The monotype template was from a photograph I took of […]

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A Comparative Study of the Identities  and Perceptions of Crypto Jewry  and “Traditional” Mexican Jewry

A Comparative Study of the Identities and Perceptions of Crypto Jewry and “Traditional” Mexican Jewry

Abstract Crypto Jews are Jews, or descendants of Jews, who converted to Christianity under the threat of death.  Much research exists both about crypto Jews in Mexico and the Southwest United States and about “traditional” Mexican Jewry and formal Jewish communities in Mexico.  However, little is known about the complexities of the dual identities of […]

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Justa Méndez’s Half Century  of Resistance to the Inquisition  of Colonial Mexico

Justa Méndez’s Half Century of Resistance to the Inquisition of Colonial Mexico

Unending Crypto-Jewish Faith:   When we think of the Iberian Inquisition today, images of intolerance, zealotry, and torture often come to mind.  A happier outcome of the Inquisition’s devotion to procedure and establishing its version of truth was the compilation of vast quantities of records that, paradoxically, gave voice to the very people whom the […]

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Finding My Loya Kinsmen in Israel

Finding My Loya Kinsmen in Israel

The Eighth Annual Anousim Conference took place in Israel in 2012 and it was the first visit to that land by many of the Anousim in our group. This was a home land journey most had only dreamed about, until we departed on August 1st. It was almost the same date that Cristobol Colon set […]

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Of Crypto-Judaism and the Charming of Bulls

Of Crypto-Judaism and the Charming of Bulls

First of all, you must be able to sing in Spanish.  Then, you must be able to sing as if all you had ever known was Love.  Then the bull will hear you.  Then the bull will respect you, will come running. The Rio Grande Valley of the Deep South was home to my parents, […]

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We Remember Richard Santos

We Remember Richard Santos

Pioneer historian of crypto Judaism was welcome speaker at SCJS Conferences One morning last February, friends and colleagues of Richard Santos received a message from Juan Marínez, Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University, informing them that the pioneer historian of crypto Judaism in the American southwest had passed away at the age of 73, at his […]

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The Artist as Cassandra

The Artist as Cassandra

Last summer, I was invited to exhibit my paintings at the SCJS conference and talk about my experience in creating them As this was the first time I had spoken in public about the paintings I call “The Crypto-Jew Series,” I thought long and hard about my thoughts and personal feelings about how it feels […]

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El Iluminado – A Graphic Novel

El Iluminado – A Graphic Novel

by Ilan Stavans, Illustrated by Steve Sheinkin, El Iluminado – A Graphic Novel (New York: Basic Books, 2012)                   Why is a raven like a writing desk? Lewis Carroll posed this riddle through the March Hare, in “Alice in Wonderland.” Ilan Stavans poses a similar question in his new graphic novel, El Iluminado, illustrated by […]

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The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World by Cullen Murphy

The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World by Cullen Murphy

Presently editor at large of Vanity Fair and previously managing editor of the Atlantic Monthly, Cullen Murphy is an adept storyteller whose new book, God’s Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World, is sure to engage specialists and generalists alike.  In 250 pages he presents a personalized and compelling account of the […]

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In the House of Mirrors

In the House of Mirrors

Poetic, Artistic and Literary Expressions Raymondville, Texas, 1965  In the house of mirrors Flowers recede into their seed;  While covered mirrors yearn for a last look At the fleeting bones of ancestors in flight.  In the kitchen the last egg tinged with blood Has been discarded in the garden.  The last of the azahar tea […]

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