HaLapid Spring 2004

Alice Bache Gould -SCJS Member Honors Colombus Scholar

Alice Bache Gould -SCJS Member Honors Colombus Scholar

She was a remarkable scholar whose research documented the converso presence on Columbus’ first journey, yet she had been almost forgotten generations later. During more than six years of long distance negotiating, I initiated and carried through an international commemoration to Alice Bache Gould on the 50th anniversary of her death (born in Cambridge, MA, […]

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From Altar Boy to Rabbi:  A Crypto-Jew’s Story

From Altar Boy to Rabbi: A Crypto-Jew’s Story

Having spent my early years in Panama, my family and I belonged to the Catholic Church, and I had no idea that we were Jews. As a youth, I was even an altar boy and helped in the preparation of the wine for the priest. Back in the 1950s and 1960s, virtually everyone was a […]

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Cervantes, Don Quijote, and the Hebrew Scriptures

Cervantes, Don Quijote, and the Hebrew Scriptures

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616) had led a colorful life long before he became the author of El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha (published in two parts, in 1605 and 1615). He fought against the Ottoman Turks in the victorious battle of Lepanto (1571), where he lost the use of his left hand […]

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From Altar Boy to Rabbi:

From Altar Boy to Rabbi:

A Crypto-Jew’s Story Having spent my early years in Panama, my family and I belonged to the Catholic Church, and I had no idea that we were Jews. As a youth, I was even an altar boy and helped in the preparation of the wine for the priest. Back in the 1950s and 1960s, virtually […]

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