Book Reviews

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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Haketía:  A Memoir of Judeo-Spanish Language and Culture in Morocco

Haketía: A Memoir of Judeo-Spanish Language and Culture in Morocco

By Estrella Jalfón de Bentolila Translated by Ron Duncan Hart and Vanessa Paloma  Like a mystery unfolding five hundred years later, the Diaspora of the Jews expelled from Spain by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabel is resurrected in the vivid northern Africa memories of Estrella Jalfón. Within the jigsaw puzzle of reconstructing the Sephardic journey, […]

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Book Review: The Wandering Gene and the Indian Princess: Race, Religion, and DNA

Book Review: The Wandering Gene and the Indian Princess: Race, Religion, and DNA

Book REVIEWS by Jeff Wheelwright. Norton, 2012. 260 pages. The Wandering Gene and the Indian Princess: Race, Religion, and DNA tells the story of Shonnie Medina, a beautiful young Hispano woman of Indian and Spanish descent who died at age 28 from an aggressive, hereditary form of breast cancer. She carried the genetic mutation BRCA1.185delAG, […]

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Book Review: By Fire, By Water

Book Review: By Fire, By Water

Mitchell James Kaplan, By Fire, By Water (New York: Other Press, 2010) pp.320, Reviewed by Deborah Wohl Isard If ever a book should be judged by its cover, it’s By Fire, By Water by Mitchell James Kaplan. The book’s cover immediately sets the tone for this well-crafted and engaging work of historical fiction that takes […]

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Indentured Immigrants

Indentured Immigrants

Flypaper Press, Ignacio, CA, soft cover, $19.95 reviewed by Gloria Trujillo Philip has self-published his book which has nine fact filled chapters of his Jewish family’s odyssey from Madeira, which is about 400 miles east of Casablanca Morocco, to the Sandwich Islands in 1885 aboard the Stirlingshire, a three-masted sailing ship. In the first three […]

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Hebrews of the Portuguese Nation

Hebrews of the Portuguese Nation

Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 1997. For those interested in the life of the conversos who moved to Amsterdam in the 16th and 17th centuries, the book written by Miriam Bodian provides an excellent insight on the conversos. The author analyzes the reasons why they left Portugal and Spain after they had converted to Christianity and […]

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Hamadrich

Hamadrich

Hamadrich Hamadrich by Jacques Cukierkorn is the first non-orthodox guide to Judaism in Spanish and also the ONLY practical step guide with step-by-step direction for Jewish practice. It can be ordered by email directly from Rabbi Cukierkorn at rabbi94@hotmail.com. The price is $22. See Rabbi Cukierkorn’s website

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The Cross by Day, Mezuzah by Night

The Cross by Day, Mezuzah by Night

Jewish Publication Society; Hardcover, $14.95 reviewed by Arthur Benveniste Set in Seville in 1492, this novel for young adults, is a first person narrative, the story of Isabel Caruso de Carvallo, a Catholic girl of wealth and privilege. Expecting a special thirteenth birthday celebration of gifts and family feasting and a special present from her […]

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CARMI HOUSE

CARMI HOUSE

The Carmi House has a number of interesting books dealing with the history of Sephardic Jews. Among them are: The Conquistadores and Crypto-Jews of Monterrey The Alhambra Decree The Cavalier of Malaga The Expulsion 1492 Chronicles Please visit the Carmi website at: http://www.carmihouse.com/

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Another Desert:Jewish Poetry of New Mexico

Another Desert:Jewish Poetry of New Mexico

reviewed by Gloria Trujillo Another Desert: Jewish Poetry of New Mexico edited by Joan Logghe and Miriam Sagan. (Sherman Asher Publishing, P0 Box 2853, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504-2853. 174 pages, $15, 00, paperback.) Once I picked up “Another Desert” to read, I could not put it down. The book is an intriguing and moving […]

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