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.
How the Inquisition’s conversos defined Jewish religious and ethnic identity in ways that are still prevalent today
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.
How the modern academic discipline of ‘Jewish Studies’ was invented in Renaissance England by the the greatest Christian Hebraist of the age
Hispanic crypto-Jews use social media and DNA testing to reconnect with their heritage
Just in time for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, cook up this rich Brazilian fish stew
The great Nicaraguan poet’s fascination with ‘the mysterious people of the Semitic race’
After 500 years, Portugal wants its Jews back, and some are coming
Descendants of Jews exiled during Spanish Inquisition can become naturalized in new plan
Two new books explore the complex legacy and rich life of the great Jewish historian of conversos and Marranos
Bear with us a minute
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.
The hidden story of Don Giovanni, Mozart’s Jewish opera
Were Marranos the first of the moderns?