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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.

Who are Crypto Jews and What is Their Origin?

Who are Crypto Jews and What is Their Origin?

In 1391 massive anti-Jewish pogroms spread across Spain. Thousands of Jews were forced to convert to Catholicism. Over the next century there were many more forced conversions until, in March of 1492, the Catholic Kings, Ferdinand and Isabella, issued the infamous Alhambra Decree, ordering all Jews in Spain to convert or leave the country by […]

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From the Editor’s Desk

From the Editor’s Desk

No Jew ever achieved a spokesmanship for his people comparable to that of a renowned Sephardic immigrant family, the “House” of Nasi… Its founder was a woman, Beatriz de Luna Mendes, better known to pos terity as Doña Gracia Nasi. The lady’s arrival in Constantinople in 1553 was noteworthy. Her caravan of four magnificently gilded […]

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Portrait of an Artist

Portrait of an Artist

Some years ago I was working on a series of paintings rooted in the more recent history of urban life in New Mexico. I used calaveras (skulls) as a metaphor for times past as I drew on stories from friends and relatives about places and situations, the stuff of familial legend (see insert). At that […]

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The Portrayal of Crypto-Jews of the American Southwest

The Portrayal of Crypto-Jews of the American Southwest

Review of Literature For almost three decades, the story of the descendants of Jewish conversos or crypto-Jews of the American Southwest has been big news in the popular press. Everyone from the New York Times to Hadassah Magazine to the Forward has had a go at it on more than one occasion. Over the years, […]

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Discovering My Crypto-Jewish Roots

Discovering My Crypto-Jewish Roots

My name is Joe Arnold Trujillo. I am the first son and second child of Jeremias (Jerry) Trujillo and Maria Rosana (Mary Rose) Quintana. I was born on the farm of Felipe Quintana, my maternal grandfather, near Capulin, Colorado. Capulin is located in the San Luis Valley of south-central Colorado. The Rio Grande River, the […]

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A History of the Original HaLapid

A History of the Original HaLapid

“Todo se ilumina para aquêle que busca a luz, BEN-ROSH” These words appear on the cover of this publication. They were taken from the original publication that gave us the title: HaLapid. In the Summer 2010 issue I wrote a short history of this publication. I have been asked to expand on the history of […]

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Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor There is an old Jewish story told about a grandfather and a e~ grandson making preparations for an upcoming holiday. The grandson, a recent bar mitzvah, is to experience his first purifying ritual bath in a mikvah (pool). He and his grandfather journey to a nearby lake so that the grandson […]

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Bimuelos: An Historical Recipe

Bimuelos: An Historical Recipe

Bimuelos: Honeyed Fritters from the time of the Inquisition Judging from Spanish and Portuguese Inquisition testimonies and from other documents relating to Iberian Jews, Hanukah seems to have been an extremely minor holiday in late medieval Iberia. Despite the holiday’s minor status in the lives of Iberian Jews, a memorandum was prepared as a guide […]

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A Thread in the Tapestry –

A Thread in the Tapestry –

A Thread in the Tapestry –
The Narros of Saltillo, Mexico, in History and Literature
By Kathleen Alcalá

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Seth Kunin: Rabbi and Scholar

Seth Kunin: Rabbi and Scholar

Several years ago Professor Seth Kunin and I attended a national conference of messianic congregations, where I had been invited to lecture on the history of crypto-Judaism in New Mexico. As we passed by the numerous displays of talletim, kippot and prayer books, Seth whispered to me, “As a rabbi, I’m appalled, but as an […]

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