HaLapid Winter 2007

Form and Meaning in the Sephardic Poetry of New Spain

Form and Meaning in the Sephardic Poetry of New Spain

“No ha de ser en vano:” Among the Inquisition documents housed at the Bancroft Library, at the University of California, Berkeley are the trials of Isabel and Leonor de Carvajal, sisters of the more famous Luís de Carvajal. The Carvajal family, like many other immigrants, came to New Spain in the second half of the […]

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How Did the Dreidle Become Part of Crypto-Jewish Culture of the Southwest?

How Did the Dreidle Become Part of Crypto-Jewish Culture of the Southwest?

When is a top just a top? While the interdisciplinary study examining the existence of the crypto-Jewish community of the Southwest United States is less than twenty-five years old, it has already become a focus of scholarly controversy. Some scholars accept the authenticity of the Jewish heritage of the community, while others question the realities […]

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Before the Collapse of Coexistence:

Before the Collapse of Coexistence:

Catholics, Jews, Conversos Collaborated in the Bishopric of Plasencia In 1442, as the fabulously wealthy and militarily powerful Catholic Counts of Bejar began to assert their seigniorial control over the Extremaduran-valley city of Plasencia, Spain—a tightly knit network of Catholic, converso, and Jewish families utilized the Cathedral of Plasencia to not only outmaneuver the Counts […]

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