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A Procession of Flagellants by Francisco Goya

A Procession of Flagellants by Francisco Goya 1793 Posted by Rabbi Juan Bejarano Gutierrez the director of the B’nei Anusim Center for Education and the author of  Secret Jews: The Complex Identity … Continue reading

June 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Diego y Gonzalo de Morales and the Mexican Inquisition

Gonzalo had arrived in the Indies 1520s. Gonzalo eventually owned  a store in Mexico City. He was initially arrested by Fray Vicente de Santa Maria in his capacity as Inquisitor … Continue reading

May 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Early Inquisitional Cases in New Spain

The first Converso prosecuted in the New Spain was Diego Morales. He was sentenced for blasphemy in 1525. He was judged by the commander Leonel de Cervantes.  Morales was accused … Continue reading

May 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Sephardic Shabbat Shacharit Services

My family has been hosting Shabbat Shacharit services on an intermittment basis for a few months now. We will now begin to host them twice a month. The service schedule … Continue reading

April 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Pesach-Hag Hamazot

I hope everyone’s Passover Seder was moving and inspiring. Our family was joined by approximately 35 people on the first Seder night. We included elements from Tunisian, Syrian, Spanish-Portuguese, and … Continue reading

April 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Secret Jews Podcast Interview

Late last week, I was interviewed by the Mystic-Skeptic Podcast on the topic of Crypto-Jews. The  book touched on my book Secret Jews but also discussed the broader topic of … Continue reading

April 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Orchestra of New Spain: La Convivencia: The Triangle of Al-Andalus

The Latino Cultural Center will be presenting the Orchestra of New Spain. The event will be held on Thursday, April 20th at 7:30pm at 2600 Live Oak St, Dallas 75204. … Continue reading

March 31, 2017 · Leave a comment