HaLapid Fall 2010/Winter 2011

A Double Issue Fall 2010 plus Winter 2011

Samuel Usque and The Consolation for the Tribulations of Israel

Samuel Usque and The Consolation for the Tribulations of Israel

The Bavli Talmud (i.e. Babylonian Talmud) in Tractate Makkot relates story of Rabban Gamaliel, Rabbi Eleazar Ben Azariah, Rabbi Joshua, and Rabbi Akiva and their journey to Jerusalem. Upon arriving at the Temple Mount and seeing it in ruins, all the sages rent their clothes in sorrow. As they reached the place where the Temple […]

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Summary of the 20th Conference of the SCJS, San Antonio, Texas, August 1-3, 2010

Summary of the 20th Conference of the SCJS, San Antonio, Texas, August 1-3, 2010

SCJS Conference reports This year‟s annual Society of Crypto-Judaic Studies (SCJS) conference took place August 1-3, 2010 at the hotel Hilton Palacio Del Rio in San Antonio, Texas. The conference not only enriched us intellectually, socially, and culturally, but artistically as well. Besides lectures and discussions, it featured an exhibition of works by three visual […]

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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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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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