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Semi Annual Journal of the Society for Crypto Judaic Studies

Portugal’s Crypto-Judaic Heritage Honored at Tomar Conference

Portugal’s Crypto-Judaic Heritage Honored at Tomar Conference

 I attended the First International Conference on Jewish Heritage in Portugal last November, which was created to acquaint people new to the surge of interest in Jewish Heritage—academic, cultural, religious and secular. For me it was a matter of personal interest, genealogy and other explorations into my life in Portugal since I retired, probing more […]

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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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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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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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Exploring Our Family History

Exploring Our Family History

My story begins in the year 2000. I was a Deputy Sheriff in California and after twenty years, I decided to retire in the year 2000. Since high school, I have been very interested in Spanish History, so when it came time to retire, I planned it that on the day of my retirement I […]

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CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: Crypto-Jew, Mystic Christian Zealot, or Both?

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: Crypto-Jew, Mystic Christian Zealot, or Both?

On May 8th, 1506, the 56 year old, ”Great Discoverer,” Christopher Columbus, finally succumbed to his many illnesses in the city of Valladolid. Attending him during his last hours were his sons Diego and Fernando, his loyal shipmates Diego Mendez and Bartolomeo Fieschi and a small circle of friends and admirers. One of history’s greatest […]

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Crafting (Personal Passion) + Credible (Thinking) + Crypto-Jewish (Facts, Languages) = Literature (National Standards)

Crafting (Personal Passion) + Credible (Thinking) + Crypto-Jewish (Facts, Languages) = Literature (National Standards)

Areas of Enquiry  Numerous fiction novels have surfaced endorsing authentic representation of past and contemporary crypto-Jewish voices. Jewish and non-Jewish writers have seized the topic to construct stories of Iberian crypto-Jewish plots. What does it mean to craft credible Crypto-Jewish literature? Writing encompasses the artful linguistic craft of balancing accurate nuances of language, culture and […]

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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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