HaLapid Summer 2004

The End of Jewry in Sepharad, Land of the Hebrew Golden Age

The End of Jewry in Sepharad, Land of the Hebrew Golden Age

In 1492, Jews in the Spanish kingdoms of Castile and Aragon were given a stark choice: baptism or departure from a land where they had dwelt since the days when their ancestors had called it Sepharad. While Fernando of Aragon and Isabel of Castile are rightfully held accountable for decreeing the expulsion, events of the […]

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End of a Journey: My Return To Judaism

End of a Journey: My Return To Judaism

On the 10th day of Adar II, 5763 or March 14, 2003, I embraced the Torah, sang the Sh’ma, and chanted the Veahavtah; all in the presence of a congregation that welcomed and embraced me. It was the culmination of a journey that began decades ago. My journey was a spiritual quest. I grew up […]

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The JPS Guide to Jewish Women: 600 B.C.E—1900 C.E.

The JPS Guide to Jewish Women: 600 B.C.E—1900 C.E.

The Jewish Publication Society, Philadelphia, 2003. Reviewed by DOLORES SLOAN In presenting the background and biographies of Jewish women for more than 2,000 years, the authors of this comprehensive sourcebook have undertaken to correct the picture usually presented in works of history. Their final product, The JPS Guide to Jewish Women: 600 B.C.E-1900 can be […]

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The End of Jewry in Sepharad

The End of Jewry in Sepharad

Land of the Hebrew Golden Age In 1492, Jews in the Spanish kingdoms of Castile and Aragon were given a stark choice: baptism or departure from a land where they had dwelt since the days when their ancestors had called it Sepharad. While Fernando of Aragon and Isabel of Castile are rightfully held accountable for […]

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Days of Awe

Days of Awe

New York: Ballantine Books, 2001. 371 pages. Reviewed by Abe Lavender Days of Awe, a novel, is the story of a crypto-Jewish family in Cuba and the United States. The protagonist is Alexandra “Ale” San José, who was born in Havana on January 1, 1959, the same day that Fidel Castro began his dictatorship. To […]

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Walter Cohen of Austin, Texas

Walter Cohen of Austin, Texas

In 1998 a friend of Walter’s showed him a flyer from SCJS announcing our upcoming conference in El Paso. Walter thought, “This is right up my alley.” Walter then contacted his friend about attending the conference. The friend’s medical practice precluded him from attending, but Walter decided that he would go. “I had a wonderful […]

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