Exodus from the Amazon

Hundreds of descendants of Moroccan Jews living along the Amazon are returning to Judaism and making aliyah. Michael Freund traveled to the tropical forests of Peru to find out why. >It is a sweltering...

When Missionaries Wrote in Yiddish: The Rise and Fall of Missionary Yiddish in America

Residents of and visitors to Jewish immigrant neighborhoods in America at the turn of the twentieth century noticed a phenomenon that at first glance seemed like an oxymoron -- Christian missionaries distributing tracts in...

The Jews of South Carolina

Exhibit Highlights 300 Years of Tradition, Assimilation and Conflict Like much of the southern United States, South Carolina has a long and complex Jewish history -- in fact, at one point, there were more Jewish...

The Silk Route: A Judaic Odyssey

One thousand seven hundred years before Marco Polo set out on his journey from Venice to China, Persian/Jewish traders pioneered the route from the Near East to Kaifeng, then the Capitol of Imperial China. The...

A Brief History of the Sephardim of Curaçao

The island of Curaçao is situated in the southern Caribbean about 40 miles north of the coast of Venezuela. It was discovered in 1499 by Alonso de Ojeda, one of the captains of Christopher,...

Toledo: Capital of Sepharad

When a title for these remarks was suggested to me some time ago in Madrid, I purposely refrained from asking whether the theme centered on the recent designation of Toledo as the capital of...

Marrano

The term marrano refers to the Crypto-Jews from the Iberian peninsula, i.e. descendants of Jews who were forced to adopt the identity of Christians. The term marrano denotes in Spanish "damned," "accursed," "banned";...

The association with Queen Esther

In all the region of Coimbra, Santa Isabel, or, as the people call her, the Holy Queen, is the object of the most successful Marrano Jewish or crypto-Jewish cult in Portugal. She is mainly...

Tomás de Torquemada

At his birth (1420, Torquemada, Castile, Spain) Tomás already had something to hide: his grandmother was a converso; a converted Jew; a New Christian. Spain had more converted Jews than any other country; some had...

Samuel Ha-Nagid, Vizier of Granada, 993-d after 1056

One of the most famous of the Jewish notables of Moslem Spain was Samuel Ha­Levi, who is also known as Samuel Ha­Nagid. Beginning life as a shopkeeper, Samuel Ha­Levi ultimately became the chief minister...