HaLapid Winter 2008

Home At Last,  the Story of a Returning Marrano

Home At Last, the Story of a Returning Marrano

Jorge Lopes Amaral, born in Mozambique of Portuguese parents from Mangualde (90 kilometres from Belmonte) was obliged to travel to New York to return to Klar Israel . It’s hard to say when Jorge’s odyssey began, but when he went to Israel in 1985 on a work assignment, he found himself at home. It felt […]

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ÓRALE ISRAEL ! Converso or Jew?

ÓRALE ISRAEL ! Converso or Jew?

Órale! Hurry up! In slang it can mean HEY! , How’s it going, what’s happenin’, get it on, ok, etc. The word comes from “ ahora ” (now) and the indirect pronoun for you — “ le”. It is used when you want to get someone or something moving, or to exhort someone to do […]

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Some Communication Codes Between Crypto-Jews in the Secret Prisons of the Inquisition in New Spain

Some Communication Codes Between Crypto-Jews in the Secret Prisons of the Inquisition in New Spain

Groups of judaizers arrived at the coast of New Spain in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century, and in the hopes of escaping the persecution and repression promoted in the Peninsula, thought the new continent would offer them a better life and greater freedom to practice their religion and keep their language and Hispanic […]

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Judy Frankel

Judy Frankel

In 1962 Judy Frankel attended a Theodore Bikel concert in Cambridge , Mass. Bikel sang a song in Spanish, but, as Judy recalls, “It didn’t sound like Spanish.” After the concert she asked Bikel about the song. He told her that it was in Ladino. The song was “Los Bilbilikos” (The Nightingales). This was her […]

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Herz Photos Document Presence Of Hidden Jews in New Mexico

Herz Photos Document Presence Of Hidden Jews in New Mexico

For almost three decades, intriguing stories have been published about descendants of the “secret” Jews of the American southwest—Sephardic Jews who escaped five hundred years ago from the Inquisitions in Spain and Portugal and found refuge in the northern reaches of New Spain . Almost always, any accompanying photographs have carried the credit line of […]

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