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Spanish and Portuguese Jews – Wikipedia

| November 21, 2017

Spanish and Portuguese Jews, also called Western Sephardim, are a distinctive sub-group of Iberian Jews who are largely descended from Jews who lived as New Christians in the Iberian Peninsula during the immediate generations following the forced expulsion of unconverted Jews from Spain in 1492 and from Portugal in 1497. Although the 1492 and 1497 expulsions of unconverted Jews from Spain and Portugal were separate events from the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions (which was established over a decade earlier in 1478), they were ultimately linked, as the Inquisition eventually also led to the fleeing out of Iberia of many descendants of Jewish converts to Catholicism in subsequent generations

The Choice to Make Choices – Algemeiner

| August 25, 2017

A Torah scroll.

Sanhedrin 33 and 35 – Jewish Link of New Jersey

| August 24, 2017

May these words of Torah serve as a merit leiluy nishmat Menachem Mendel ben Harav Yoel David Balk, ah. This week we learned Sanhedrin 33 and 35. These are some highlights

Hasidic family drama ‘Menashe’ hits universal notes – St. Louis … – St. Louis Jewish Light

| August 24, 2017

Menashe is a heartfelt Yiddish-language drama about a widowed Hasidic father trying to regain custody of his son.

Not Goodbye, Baku – HuffPost

| August 24, 2017

Apparently, one is never too old to fall in love again, and I fell in love with Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. Actually, with the country of Azerbaijan. You can walk the city of Baku for hours and not be bored.

For Jews Of Color, Charlottesville Is Personal – Jewish Week

| August 23, 2017

When Elle Wisnicki, the 22-year-old daughter of a black mother and Ashkenazi Jewish father, scrolled through pictures of men holding tiki torches and waving Nazi flags in Charlottesville, Va., last week, she felt as though her grandparents were by her side. The granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor on her fathers side and only three generations away from American slavery on her mothers, last weeks convergence of several hundred far-right extremists some wearing white hoods and carrying Confederate flags, others in polo shirts with swastika-emblazoned armbands caused her to feel the weight of both my identities. Everything I represent was under attack, said the recent college graduate, now working for a health-care consulting firm

Sorry, Richard Spencer: Comparing Zionism to White Nationalism Is … – Forward

| August 22, 2017

Richard Spencer, the prominent alt-right white supremacist, recently described himself to an Israeli TV interviewer as a white Zionist.

Fearing deportation, Araceli Velasquez finds reprieve in a Denver … – The Denver Post

| August 20, 2017

Araceli Velasquez had an appointment with immigration officers, as shed had many times in the past. But this time, she didnt show up

Anti-Defamation League ‘glad’ Bannon out of White House – The Times of Israel

| August 20, 2017

The Anti-Defamation League on Friday said it was glad Steve Bannon, a former White House strategist, was removed from his post. A champion of the nationalist-populist agenda that carried Trump to power last November, the 63-year-old Bannon left a White House reeling from the fallout over the presidents response to a violent white supremacist rally. With Trump under fire for insisting anti-racism protesters were equally to blame for violence at a weekend rally of neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, the president faced renewed pressure to let Bannon go.

Why do white supremacists hate Jews? Because we can fight them. – Chicago Tribune

| August 18, 2017

Anti-Semitism is again back in the news. Some of the posters at the Charlottesville, Va., white supremacist demonstrations this past weekend featured a man taking a hammer to a Star of David the biggest threat, the thing that needs to be destroyed


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