Opinion

The Responsa of the Ribash and the Jewish Status of Anusim

The Responsa of the Ribash and the Jewish Status of Anusim

By Juan Bejarano-Gutierrez ¬†Introduction The practice of a Jewish community writing for guidance to a recognized rabbinic authority in a different geographical location was a well established practice by the late medieval period. These she’elot (questions) and teshuvot (responses) often reveal much more than the intricacies of rabbinic thought and exegesis. They often disclose the […]

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The Islamic Concept of Taqqiya and Its Influence on Spanish Jewry

The Islamic Concept of Taqqiya and Its Influence on Spanish Jewry

Juan Marcos Bejarano Gutierrez For years, rabbis and scholars have speculated as to why so many Spanish Jews converted to Christianity beginning in the year 1391 when faced with violence or coercion in contrast to the tendency of the Jews in Germany to opt for death or even suicide when faced with similar circumstances. The […]

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The Atlantic Monthly Expose

The Atlantic Monthly Expose

Debbie Nathan is the co-author of Satan’s Silence: Ritual Abuse and the Making of a Modern American Witch Hunt, which makes her a practiced writer of exposes. Apparently, one expose wasn’t enough, and she needed another. She was able to convince Barbara Ferry to lend her investigative reporting a needed cachet with readers, since Barbara, […]

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