On Dec. 8, 1596, Luis de Carvajal the Younger, along with members of his prominent extended family of crypto-Jews, was burned at the stake. Their story has fascinated historians ever since.
Rachel Kaufman’s debut poetry collection explores the fragility of Jewish history, and all the places where it has already been broken
How the Inquisition’s conversos defined Jewish religious and ethnic identity in ways that are still prevalent today
The 19th of April Student Movement, with its political antecedents in converso history, looks to bring down the last incarnation of Daniel Ortega’s Sandinistas
According to legend, the pork-free ‘alheira’ chorizo was created as a way for Jews to hide their identity. Whether or not that history has been exaggerated, it’s an important part of how Portugal is now wrestling with its Jewish past.
Hispanic crypto-Jews use social media and DNA testing to reconnect with their heritage
The great Nicaraguan poet’s fascination with ‘the mysterious people of the Semitic race’
The dish was a staple for Sephardic Jews during the Spanish Inquisition
See clips from his film-in-progress, “Children of the Inquisition”
Two new books explore the complex legacy and rich life of the great Jewish historian of conversos and Marranos
Happy Hanukkah from Palermo, Sicily
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning Cuban-American novelist, who died last week, wrote meaningfully about Judaic scripture and the Holocaust
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After the dish rescued my family from a robbery, I traveled the world searching for new ways to cook it
The Israeli scholar, and the prime minister’s father, died today in his Jerusalem home. He was my political opposite, but also my teacher and friend.
A plaintive Gypsy song, possibly of Ladino origin, is hybridized and reinterpreted, then viewed on the Internet, where roots and homelands blur
The hidden story of Don Giovanni, Mozart’s Jewish opera