HaLapid Fall 2006

The Story of My Newly Discovered Jewish Heritage

The Story of My Newly Discovered Jewish Heritage

Nothing Can Erase 6,000 Years: It is a phenomenon known the world over, but best recognized and publicized in the West: someone discovers they are Jewish, after a lifetime of not knowing. Elie Wiesel, who to my knowledge has not touched upon this subject, would probably say we need the Maharal, Rabbi Yehuda Löwe (Judah […]

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World Politics, Illegal Jews and the Inquisition of Cartagena

World Politics, Illegal Jews and the Inquisition of Cartagena

Throughout the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries there was a continual Jewish presence on the coast of Colombia, then known as Nueva Granada. By Spanish law, Jews were not allowed, but it was a law rarely enforced, and many concessions were made by the Crown to admit Jews. They were usually identified as Portuguese in […]

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Crypto Jews in Puerto Rico Welcomed by Reform Community

Crypto Jews in Puerto Rico Welcomed by Reform Community

Secret Jews came to the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, which was discovered by Columbus on his second voyage to the New World in 1493. They were hoping to avoid religious scrutiny. But the Inquisition followed the colonists, so many secret Jews settled in the island’s remote mountainous interior as did the early Jews in […]

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