HaLapid Fall 2005

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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My Personal Journey

My Personal Journey

Being raised Catholic, didn’t seem to make me Catholic. Some how, I never felt as if I fit in to what seemed to be the religion of my ancestors. I can remember praying with my Granny three times a day when we were around one another. At her house, she had a little altar facing […]

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Abuelita’s Secret Matzahs

Abuelita’s Secret Matzahs

Reviewed by Arthur Benveniste The pages of HaLapid have presented reviews of many books dealing with the history and culture of crypto Jews, some of them quite scholarly, others written in a more popular style, some fiction and some histories. But, until now, the books have been directed towards an adult readership. What a pleasure […]

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Anousim Conference Meets

Anousim Conference Meets

Just two weeks after SCJS held its annual conference in Miami Beach, a similar conference convened in El Paso, TX, August 19-21. Titled “The Sephardic Anousim Conference,” it was hosted by local Congregation B’nai Zion. El Paso is a city with a strong crypto-Jewish presence and Rabbi Stephen A. Leon of Congegation B’nai Zion has […]

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Linking the Sabbatean Spring Festival with the Hebrew Tekufoth

Linking the Sabbatean Spring Festival with the Hebrew Tekufoth

This article concerns the commonly shared ideology of those Sephardim who were expelled from the Iberian Peninsula as well as those who were forced to undergo conversion and remained there or immigrated to other countries. The messianic hope for religious and national restoration was for them a commonly held one that would bring an end […]

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Ladina Opens Tertulia Series in Porto

Ladina Opens Tertulia Series in Porto

Captain Barros Basto, whom the noted historian Cecil Roth called “the apostle of the Marranos,” was the subject of the first of a series of tertulias, or salons, in September, sponsored by Ladina, a registered non-profit society in Porto, Portugal, which focuses on the history and culture of the Sephardic Jews of Portugal. The event, […]

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