HaLapid Winter 2000

Activism Rather than Prayer and Payoff:

Activism Rather than Prayer and Payoff:

Doña Gracia and Joseph Nasi Initiate a New Paradigm in Jewish History In A Sephardic Love Song: Lion and Lamb in the Medieval Darkness©, I write about four notable Sephardim in Spain and Portugal in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and how their accomplishments and contributions have enriched us all. The research for this work […]

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Crypto-Jews in Portugal – A Clandestine Existence

Crypto-Jews in Portugal – A Clandestine Existence

It is conceivable that during the worst periods of persecution by the Inquisition many of the Portuguese Jews forcibly converted to Catholicism in 1497 who could not leave the country, certainly the poorest families, without any means to buy their freedom abroad, may have sought refuge in mountainous areas on the northeastern strip of Portugal […]

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Journeys Through Space and Time

Journeys Through Space and Time

It’s difficult to say when my interest in cryptoJews began. For as far back as I can remember I was intrigued by stories of secret Jews lighting candles in their cellars. In my memory the stories of these rituals take place in the mountains of Peru, isolated towns in Spain or in long-forgotten places shrouded […]

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