HaLapid Spring 2009

Daniel Levi De Barrios:Marrano Poet Laureate

Daniel Levi De Barrios:Marrano Poet Laureate

•Readers of the history of crypto-Jews, secret Jews or Marranos as they are also known, (I use Marrano sparingly as it has, for me, pejorative connotations) come to understand that many of them wavered in their commitments to become permanent members of a formal Jewish community. This phenomenon repeated itself from the 16th to the […]

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Marrano Women In The Inquisition: Isabel Lopes, The Innkeeper of Torre De Moncorvo

Marrano Women In The Inquisition: Isabel Lopes, The Innkeeper of Torre De Moncorvo

Translated from Portuguese For a traveler who arrived in Torre de Moncorvo in the Trásos-Montes province of northern Portugal in the 1550’s, the best place to stay in town was Isabel’s Inn. To do justice to her fame, it must be mentioned, that her Inn functioned like a central clearing house for information on Marrano […]

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John Paul Abranches-Son Of Aristides De Sousa Mendes, Portuguese Righteous Gentile

John Paul Abranches-Son Of Aristides De Sousa Mendes, Portuguese Righteous Gentile

In Memoriam John Paul Abranches, who spearheaded efforts to honor and “rehabilitate” his father, Portuguese diplomat and Righteous Gentile Aristides de Sousa Mendes, passed away in Antioch, California, on February 5, 2009, after a long illness. John Paul was 78. He was the last surviving son of his parents, Aristides and Angelina de Sousa Mendes. […]

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1449 – Toledo, Spain – Doña Robledo

1449 – Toledo, Spain – Doña Robledo

The fifty-five year old woman walked cautiously to the small bedroom in the back of the house situated in the judería of Toledo. Doña Robledo stroked the altar cloth her grandmother made for the synagogue. It was a cream colored silk cloth embroidered with fine silk strands from Granada depicting the Tree of Life. Her […]

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Crypto-Jews From Tras-os-montes, Portugal-A History Told By The Y Chromosome

Crypto-Jews From Tras-os-montes, Portugal-A History Told By The Y Chromosome

Introduction The universal history of Jewish people is full of constant oppressions and persecutions. Portugal as no exception to this rule. It was in Tras-os-Montes, a rugged and isolated province of Portugal , on the North East border with Spain , that many Jews settled and were able to secretly maintain their ancestral culture and […]

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