Un cuento de Purim – Historia de Leon y Dina

Gran inseguridad reinaba en Bohemia en los tiempos del rey Juan de Luxemburgo, quien solía encontrarse más en los campos de batalla de toda Europa, en busca de hazañas y conquistas, que en su...

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";...

Las Tablas eran de Piedra – Un artículo sobre Shavuot

"Yo había subido al monte a recoger las tablas de piedra, las tablas de la alianza" Deuteronomio 9:9 De piedra eran las tablas. De un material simple y barato. Si algún ser humano hubiera sido encargado de...

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...

The Sephardic Jews

By the end of the first century A. D. there were Jews all around the Mediterranean Sea and with the Christianization of the Roman Empire, the persecution of the Jews began. In the Iberian...

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...

The Marranos Celebrate Yom Kippur in Amsterdam

Two ships were drifting helplessly in the North Sea. High winds and stormy seas damaged the rudders, and the ships were at the mercy of the storm. Fortunately, the ships were driven towards the...

The Jews of the Canary Islands – Calendar of calumny

Lucien Wolf was depicted in the history pages of the Zionist movement as one of those stumbling blocks that Chaim Weizmann had to bypass on his way to reaching the Balfour Declaration. During the...

Portuguese Crypto Jews

Portugal and Madeira On August 19 1994, Haim Shapiro described in the "Jerusalem Post", an ancient and secret Yom Kippur ritual still practised by Marrano families in northern Portugal. Women gather together and braid oil...