Culture of Crypto Jews

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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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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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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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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Reclaiming a Heritage

Reclaiming a Heritage

During the tumultuous ’60s, when the Civil Rights movement exploded and the great American “melting pot” idea was rejected, minorities and other groups began rediscovering and reclaiming their heritage and customs.  This is when my interest in family roots emerged and, while I didn’t realize it then, it was to have a profound effect on […]

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EULOGY FOR DENNIS DURAN

EULOGY FOR DENNIS DURAN

Dennis Duran speaking at the Synagogue founded by former crypto Jews  in Belmonte, Portugal, 1994   Dennis Duran, 2012   SANTA FE, NM, AUGUST 31, 2012 This is a very sad day for all of us.  We are here to mourn the passing of our friend – our brother – Dennis Duran. It was my […]

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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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Fear of Snakes: The Dynamics of Fear and Hiding Among Crypto Jews

Fear of Snakes: The Dynamics of Fear and Hiding Among Crypto Jews

By M. Miriam Herrera   We crypto Jews are the smallest minority within a minority.  We live on the edges among those whom the majority thinks are our people, most of us even live at the edge of town…  Where all the Mexicans live, roped in by laundered lace flouncing atop the front porch in […]

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What I’ve Always Known

What I’ve Always Known

by Joel Peres  This is very difficult to put into words because my emotions concerning this topic are so strong.  However, my whole life I’ve known that I am a Jew.  I may have not always embraced my identity, but I have always known it.   I learned this at an early age, when my father […]

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