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The notebooks of the circumcisers of CuraÃ§ao prove that the exodus of the Conversos from Spain and Portugal continued well into the nineteenth century and that CuraÃ§ao was a center of return to Judaism.
This essay presents a Sephardi physician, J. M. da Costa, who described the Civil War equivalent of Posttraumatic Stress DisorderâIrritable Heart. Da Costa's medical contribution is deemed an origin for the contemporary field of traumatic stress studies. Intergenerational transmission of...
Barros Basto (1887-1961) was a career officer in the Portuguese army, who at the age of nine was told by his dying grandfather the secret of his family's Jewish origin. After having been rebuffed by the only Jewish community in Portugal, he traveled to Tangier, where he underwent formal...
The immigration of anusim or crypto-Jews to New Spain took place from 1492 to 1700. The first to arrive came from Spain with the conquerors and colonizers; Portuguese anusim started to arrive in 1580. Hostility and secrecy played an important role in the adaptation of anusim to life in America...
Although occasional lists of contemporary crypto-Jewish practices specific to one region or another have appeared, the phenomenon continues to be treated as isolated to one or two locations. This paper surveys aspects of heritage observed and reported by descendents of anusim worldwide. The...
This paper examines the role of ritual purification in the lives of female descendants of the Spanish crypto-Jews. For some descendants, the discovery of crypto-Jewish heritage has led to a desire to reclaim the Sephardic faith of their ancestors. At the heart of this reclamation process is the...
Many Hispanic families in Texas, Northern Mexico, and the U.S. Southwest are descendants of Sephardic crypto-Jews and Conversos. Their ancestors colonized the sixteenth century northern frontier kingdoms of the Vice Rregency of New Spain. Living in a hostile environment for five centuries, many...
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