HaLapid Spring 2006

My Journey to Judaism

My Journey to Judaism

As a youngster, I grew up in a very good, Roman Catholic home. I went to Catholic parochial school in El Paso, TX. The Irish nuns that taught me always told their students that what they taught in religion class had to be believed by us. They told us on the one hand that we […]

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El Santo Niño de La Guardia, A Blood Libel that Persists to this Day

El Santo Niño de La Guardia, A Blood Libel that Persists to this Day

Image of Santo Niño de La Guardia on wall of Cathedral of Toldeo, Spain Rabbi Baruch Garzon called to me, “Arturo, ven aqui.” He was standing at the side door of the great Cathedral of Toledo Spain. He wanted to show me something. It was 1992; we were part of the group from the American […]

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The Mexican Inquisition in Nuevo Leon, 1550-1821

The Mexican Inquisition in Nuevo Leon, 1550-1821

The Holy Office followed Spanish settlers to New Spain. How did this affect everyday life for crypto-Jews in the area to the North near Monterrey? What is now Mexico endured as the Spanish colony New Spain from 1521 to 1821. Within this territory, crypto Jews had immigrated from Europe, the Azores and the Middle East. […]

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