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25 Most Recent Article Archives

  • Yaakov Gladstone Raises Funds For Belmonte - The tragic events which befell the Jews of Spain and Portugal 500 years ago were commemorated in March in Deerfield Park Florida using poetry ladino songs and conversations with scholars I organized the event feeling there should be a day to recall these tragic events for Jews who know almost nothing about this period of Jewish history My interest in the ...
  • In Memory of Flavio Montoya - I was speaking to a new member of my havurah I happened to mention my interest in crypto Jews He said “My landlord is a crypt Jew” I said that I would like to meet him A few days later the three of us met for breakfast at a waterfront café in Redondo Beach And this was the beginning of ...
  • An historical tour through the Jewish Caribbean - Since 1995 I have led Jewish heritage cruises throughout the Caribbean Participants most often come with the traditions of Eastern and Central European Jewry We sail past some of the thirty plus inhabited islands of the Caribbean forming a graceful and lush archipelago (together with others sparsely inhabited) beginning with Cuba ninety miles south of Florida and extending to Curaçao ...
  • How I discovered the synagogue of Coria - Originally published in Spanish “Cómo descubrá­ la sinagoga de Coria” in Tarbut Sefarad asociación cultural March 2011 wwwtarbutsefaradcom/indexphp/es/articulos0/4291comodescubrilasinagogadecoriahtml I am a businessman with a doctorate in business ethics I teach courses in various universities and I have published academic as well as literary works However I am not an archeologist an historian or a medium The following story can be read on a ...
  • Who are Crypto Jews and What is Their Origin? - In 1391 massive antiJewish pogroms spread across Spain Thousands of Jews were forced to convert to Catholicism Over the next century there were many more forced conversions until in March of 1492 the Catholic Kings Ferdinand and Isabella issued the infamous Alhambra Decree ordering all Jews in Spain to convert or leave the country by August Many converted and stayed in ...
  • The Position and SelfImage of Women in Sefardi Sources - First Annual International Conference Society for Sefardic Studies Jerusalem January 911 2011  The first annual international conference of Sefarad the Society for Sefardic Studies was held this past January 911 2011 in Jerusalem Founded in 2009 by Yom Tov Assis its current chairman Sefarad is affiliated with the BenZvi Institute and is administered through the Hispania Judaica: The Center for ...
  • Portrait of an Artist - Some years ago I was working on a series of paintings rooted in the  more recent history of urban life in New Mexico I used calaveras (skulls) as a metaphor for times past as I drew on stories from friends and relatives about places and situations the stuff of familial legend (see insert) At that time I was also making ...
  • The Portrayal of CryptoJews of the American Southwest - Review of Literature For almost three decades the story of the descendants of Jewish conversos or cryptoJews of the American Southwest has been big news in the popular press Everyone from the New York Times to Hadassah Magazine to the Forward has had a go at it on more than one occasion Over the years the focus of the accounts ...
  • Discovering My Crypto-Jewish Roots - My name is Joe Arnold Trujillo I am the first son and second child of Jeremias (Jerry) Trujillo and Maria Rosana (Mary Rose) Quintana I was born on the farm of Felipe Quintana my maternal grandfather near Capulin Colorado Capulin is located in the San Luis Valley of southcentral Colorado The Rio Grande River the highway of Spanish colonization of the ...
  • Bimuelos: An Historical Recipe - Bimuelos: Honeyed Fritters from the time of the Inquisition Judging from Spanish and Portuguese Inquisition testimonies and from other documents relating to Iberian Jews Hanukah seems to have been an extremely minor holiday in late medieval Iberia Despite the holiday’s minor status in the lives of Iberian Jews a memorandum was prepared as a guide for Inquisitors in the late fifteenth ...
  • A Thread in the Tapestry - The Narros of Saltillo Mexico in History and Literature By Kathleen Alcalá Presented to the Society for CryptoJudaic Studies   August 21 2001 Pueblo Colorado   Published in Halapid Volume IX Winter 2002 My name is Kathleen Alcalá and I am a writer who lives in Washington State My first novel Spirits of the Ordinary is based on the story ...
  • Seth Kunin: Rabbi and Scholar - Several years ago Professor Seth Kunin and I attended a national conference of messianic congregations where I had been invited to lecture on the history of cryptoJudaism in New Mexico As we passed by the numerous displays of talletim kippot and prayer books Seth whispered to me “As a rabbi I’m appalled but as an anthropologist I find all this ...
  • Bob Hattem: Founding Editor of HaLapid - Early Member of SCJS He Attended First Conference A bookshelf takes up a whole wall of the room History books occupy most of the available space and a large portion of them are California History books One shelf contains early first editions dating back to the late eighteenth century Here is an eyewitness account of the American Revolution published in 1806; ...
  • The End of Jewry in Sepharad Land of the Hebrew Golden Age - In 1492 Jews in the Spanish kingdoms of Castile and Aragon were given a stark choice: baptism or departure from a land where they had dwelt since the days when their ancestors had called it Sepharad While Fernando of Aragon and Isabel of Castile are rightfully held accountable for decreeing the expulsion events of the previous century created the conditions ...
  • Doña Gracia Nasi Translated from Ladino - (This fragment of a previously untranslated document in Ladino from Salonika eighty years ago reflects the continued focus on Doña Gracia by the descendents of the people she rescued It is from the Ladino publication Folyeton del Pueblo (Salonika 1929/5690) and discusses the role of Doña Gracia in protecting the anusim in the sixteenth century and then the fascination with the newly ...
  • Doña Gracia Nasi - Doña (Lady) Gracia Mendes will not be forgotten since her contributions to humanity and to the Jewish community are so large Gracia’s struggle against the world dominated by men enabled her to set a precedent for other Jewish women to follow (ie Esperanza Malchi) Always expecting the impossible she overcame strife in order to salvage her beliefs both in Judaism ...
  • The “Discovery” of Doña Gracia - Rising from the Footnotes of Hisstory to Recognition on her 500th birthday In 1996 I decided that the book I was to write about the Sephardic Jews of Spain and Portugal would utilize biography I reasoned that readers would get more out of a work of history about a distant place and age if they could identify with the persons ...
  • Doña Gracia Nasi A Legend in her Lifetime - Gracia her Hebrew name was Hannah was born in 1510 in Lisbon Portugal to the wealthy and aristocratic Nasi family of Marrano Jews originating from Spain Marrano was the term commonly used for the newly converted Jews or Conversos as they were called They were officially al lowed to enter the world of Portuguese society on an equal basis although ...
  • Rabbi Albert Plotkin - Introducing Albert Plotkin: The Best Rabbi Notre Dame Ever Produced! With added comments by Gloria Trujilo (see below) Allow me to introduce one of my very favorite people in all the world Rabbi Albert L Plotkin The rabbi was one of the first people I met when I moved to the Greater Phoenix area in 1976 He’d been here since ...
  • Colorin Colorado Este Cuento No Se Ha Acabado! - Several years ago I was taken on a spiritual trip that to this day has revolutionized my life in a manner that needs explanation as does the title of this article Before I translate I must tell you that this phrase is used at the end of a story telling session The phrase means: Color red this story has not ...
  • Papa’s Secret World - I raced to the kitchen as soon as I heard the door open I could hear my mamá’s footsteps creak across the wooden floor She stood over the table panting A small puff of chicken feathers rose above her head “Did you kill it?” I felt upset that Mamá had to kill my pollito But she and I would give Papá ...
  • Rodrigo Cota15th century poet with a major social identity crisis - Elaine Wertheimer is a Retired Professor of Spanish New York Rodrigo de Cota was a 15th century poet with a major social identity crisis one of the desperate conversos who did not have a comfortable place in this world So often when we are dealing with authors of this period we suspect that they may have been conversos or we perceive ...
  • Becoming a Part of the Society - Roger Louis Martá­nez is Board MemberatLarge and Vice President of Conferences Recently the editor asked me to pen my own member profile for this issue of HaLapid It is an odd task – to write about myself – and one certain to bring disaster upon me Pride and false humility seem inescapable Instead of providing you a list of carefully ...
  • Santa Cruz de la Sierra and its Jewish Colonial Legacy - Revista de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales (Santa Cruz de la Sierra) versión impresa ISSN 18190545 Rev humanid cienc soc (St Cruz Sierra) v4 nse 2008 This paper was published in Spanish in the Revista de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales Vol 15 Nº 12 (June – December 2009) ISSN 18190545   Francisco Roig holds a BA in International Affairs from The George ...
  • In the Footsteps of Sabbatean Redemption - From Mickiewicz to Young Turks Relations between the Ottoman Empire and Poland are extensively recorded in history However their Jewishmystical counterparts which appear to have carried out a meaningful function remains as a less explored and even feebly recorded feature Historical Background Ottoman rule in Podolia (167299) the proximity of Poland to territories under Ottoman rule and the commercial relations ...