HaLapid Winter 2006

My Ancestors Were Curanderas in the Texas of New Spain

My Ancestors Were Curanderas in the Texas of New Spain

From the 1500’s to the early 1800’s in Northern Mexico and what is now the American Southwest, strong, industrious, optimistic Jews thrived in Colonial Mexico as merchants, peddlers, salesmen, soldiers, farmers and even as slave agents. Like their ancestors in Spain, Jewish women were merchants or moneylenders but very often they were midwives. In New […]

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Amatus Lusitanus discovered valves in veins and arteries.

Amatus Lusitanus discovered valves in veins and arteries.

Amatus Lusitanus (1511-1568) was born to a family of crypto-Jews in the city of Castelo- Branco as João Rodrigues de Castelo-Branco. In 1497[1] his family had been forcibly converted to Christianity, all historical evidences of the family were lost. We assume some years later he moved to Ancona, where he waited for permission to transfer […]

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Maimonides, The Physician

Maimonides, The Physician

Moshe ben Maimon or Maimonides was the most important Jewish philosopher of the Middle Ages. His writings on the Torah are well known. What is less well known is the fact that he was also the most important Jewish physician of the Middle Ages. When forced to convert to Islam by the Almohad dynasty in […]

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Jewish Philosophy Influenced Crypto-Jewish Practice of Medicine

Jewish Philosophy Influenced Crypto-Jewish Practice of Medicine

After the disruptions of the many expulsions of Jews from most West European kingdoms from the thirteenth through the fifteenth centuries¸ it is no wonder that Jews as medical practitioners tended almost everywhere to fade away. The two places where they remained in evidence, however, were those lands where major disasters had not yet taken […]

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