The Last of the Jews in Trinidad and Tobago: Hans Stecher tells the story...

The Jewish section tucked away in the corner of Mucurapo Cemetery is normally neat and clean. But weeds and flowers spring up wildly aroud the stone markers when Hans Stecher is off the island. Stecher,...

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...

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";...

August 12 – Yorzait of the murder of The Jewish Russian Intelligentsia

Text from "Seven-fold Betrayal": The Murder of Soviet Yiddish zayn kop loykht-oyf mit zibn likhter ariber zibn mol farrat. er vert tsurik gezalbter dikhter oyf toytn dil fun kazamat. Jewish tradition mandates the lighting of memorial...

Tisha B’Av – 9 Av

This fast day stands out from the other three fasts related to the destruction of the Temples. It is so important because it marks the day when both Temples were destroyed - the First...

Lag Ba’Omer – 18 Iyar

It is customary to be joyful on Lag BaOmer. And though during the Counting of the Omer we observe some of the customs of mourning, on Lag BaOmer an exception is made and it...

Yom Hashoah – 27 Nisan

Yom Hazikaron L'shoah V'l'giborah, or Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day, takes place on the 27th of Nisan. It is often known simply as Yom HaShoah; "shoah," Hebrew for destruction, is another name for...