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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]