I felt that hidden heritage captured the psychology of the crypto jews who never quite fit in with catholicism it reminded me of biracial blacks who were able to pass for white however there is always a psychological price when one feels they have to pretend to be what they are not in conclusion hidden heritage was an interesting read. Hidden heritage the legacy of the crypto jews s mark taper foundation imprint in jewish studies kindle edition by janet jacobs download it once and read it on your kindle device pc phones or tablets. Janet jacobs enters fearlessly into the house of mirrors that is jewish hispanic identity where nothing is what it appears to be her ethnography is about the uses of silence and the excuses of memory ilan stavans author of on borrowed words a memoir of languagejanet jacobss book is a beautifully written compelling account of the experiences of contemporary crypto jews who are . About the book this study of contemporary crypto jews descendants of european jews forced to convert to christianity during the spanish inquisition traces the groups history of clandestinely conducting their faith and their present day efforts to reclaim their past. Hidden heritage the legacy of the crypto jews should be celebrated as one of the first of its generation book length research based treatments of the contemporary crypto jewish phenomenon jacobs has chosen to focus on what is arguably the most crucial and unusual aspect of the phenomenon the tendency of many americans who have this
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