HaLapid Winter 2005

Porto Synagogue, Built for Barros Basto’s Congregation,

Porto Synagogue, Built for Barros Basto’s Congregation,

On September 8 of this year, the impressive Kadoorie synagogue (Mekor H’aim-fountain of life) in Porto, Portugal came alive with singing and dancing on the occasion of the dedication of a sefer torah donated by a rabbi whose grandfather was saved from the nazis by the then fledging anusim community founded by Captain Barros Basto […]

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My Journey, My Return, My Pilgramage

My Journey, My Return, My Pilgramage

In crossing the Atlantic Ocean en route to the Iberian Peninsula, I could imagine the journey my ancestors made from Barcelona to the New World in the eigthteenth century. In many ways my journey to Madrid, Spain can be described as a return journey to an obscure homeland. It is from this obscure homeland that […]

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Ornament of the World How Moslems, Jews, and Christians Created the Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain

Ornament of the World How Moslems, Jews, and Christians Created the Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain

Reviewed by Arthur Benveniste Almost every day headlines announce another story of sectarian violence somewhere in the world. And in most cases radical Moslems are involved. Their advisories are Jews in Israel, Hindus in Kashmir, Christians in the former Yugoslavia and Christians and Animists in Sudan. Travel the world and you will find churches converted […]

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Porto Synagogue, Built for Barros Basto’s Congregation,

Porto Synagogue, Built for Barros Basto’s Congregation,

On September 8 of this year, the impressive Kadoorie synagogue (Mekor H’aim-fountain of life) in Porto, Portugal came alive with singing and dancing on the occasion of the dedication of a sefer torah donated by a rabbi whose grandfather was saved from the nazis by the then fledging anusim community founded by Captain Barros Basto […]

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Different Cultures, Same Goals – ANUSIM AND HMONG

Different Cultures, Same Goals – ANUSIM AND HMONG

The history of the anusim, while often not on the forefront of Jewish historical studies, is well known to many scholars. Oftentimes, Crypto Jews are considered the primary example of a culture and religion kept alive by secretive cultural and religious expression, during an era of extreme oppression and genocide (Jacobs, 2002). What is less […]

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