Cadernos de Estudos Sefarditas

1st semester 2018


ISSN: 1645-1910

Part I: Articles

Susy Gruss (Bar-Ilan University) – The unpublished poems by Yehudá Haim Perahiá on the Holocaust

Cadernos de Estudos Sefarditas 18 (2018): 11-59


Holocaust; Judeo-Spanish poetry; Yehudá Haim Perahiá Hacohén; Sephardic Jewish Communities in Greece

Yehudá Haim Perahiá Hacohén (Thessaloniki 1886- Xanthi 1970) left a number of unpublished literary works that are contained in his archive, in The Ben-Zvi Institute, Jerusalem. The poem’s booklet contains significant material on the subject of the Holocaust. Forty-four poems, written in Judeo-Spanish between 1941-1955, describe the horrors of the deportations, the deep sense of despair over seeing the lost communities devoid of their people, their language, their way of life. Only 12 poems were previously published by Isaac Jack Levy (1989) and Shmuel Refael (2008).

This article examines unpublished poems written before, during and after the Nazi Occupation. This work includes a compelling collection of 20 poems that are published here for the first time.

Dov Cohen (Bar-Ilan University) – An approach on Capitão Barros Basto’s literary work

Cadernos de Estudos Sefarditas 18 (2018): 61-98


Obra do Resgate, crypto-Jews, Marranos, bibliography

The many studies published about Captain Barros Basto have taught us much about his dynamic life and tireless efforts for the “Obra do Resgate,” on behalf of the Portuguese crypto-Jews during the early twentieth century. Yet, to date, little is known about his robust and extensive literary output. This study is meant to fill that gap and to present – for the first time – Barros Basto’s literary corpus, while systematically documenting his writings.
Andrea Cicerchia (Università di Urbino “Carlo Bo”, CEHR – Universidade Católica Portuguesa) – Baptisms hidden in the shadow of the ghetto. Holy Office and Jews in the Papal States during the Risorgimento (1822-1825)

Cadernos de Estudos Sefarditas 18 (2018): 99-122


Centralization; Bishops; Inquisitors; Fears; Kidnapping

Throughout the nineteenth century, the Roman Inquisition was able to create a centralization process with a progressive isolation of the pontifical tribunals. One of the fundamental issues that led to a confrontation between the inquisitorial center and the periphery was the control of the relationship between the Jewish and Catholic communities within the Papal State. The most complex of these cases of coexistence was that of the so-called “furtive or clandestine” baptisms of Jewish children, carried out both outside and inside the ghettos. The perspective chosen to observe this historical phenomenon was that of the inquisitorial sources, preserved in the archive of the Congregazione per la Dottrina della Fede. The case of Serena Levi is the prologue and the point of arrival of our study, with the hypothesis of an identification that will allow us to invoke one of the most important figures of the Italian Risorgimento.
Amélia Ricon-Ferraz (Museum “Maximiliano Lemos” of History of Medicine – Faculty of Medicine of University of Porto) – The life and work of Ribeiro Sanches. TheTratado da Conservação da Saúde dos Povos

Cadernos de Estudos Sefarditas 18 (2018): 123-144


Ribeiro Sanches, History of Portuguese Medicine, Medicine in the 1700s, Political and social hygiene, 1700s medical book.

The life and work of António Nunes Ribeiro Sanches (1699-1783) are milestones in the history of 1700s medicine. Born in a place and time marked by the absence of freedom of expression, he followed his chosen path to obtain the most qualified medical education and to better serve others. He was one of Hermann Boerhaave’s (1668-1738) favourite disciples and the doctor of the Empress of Russia and her armies. He became a reference point as a doctor, syphilographer, hygienist and reformer of medical education, even though he also left his mark on several other areas. He belonged to the most prestigious scientific societies in Europe and left a vast and specialised scientific oeuvre. Among his monographs, the Tratado da conservação da saúde dos povos clearly shows his pioneering role in political and social hygiene. The time period and the man that emerges throughout these writings are reasons why the Tratado should be remembered and the memory of its author kept alive.

Part II: Chronicles and interviews

Ana M. Santos Pereira – International congress of Inquisitorial Studies “(In)tolerância, religião, poder e justiça” ((in)tolerance, religion and justice), Universidade Federal da Bahia, Salvador, November 8-9, 2017

Cadernos de Estudos Sefarditas 18 (2018): 147-150

Susana Bastos Mateus – Memories, autobiographies and Fernando Pessoa’s poetry. An interview with the Mexican writer Rosa Nissán

Cadernos de Estudos Sefarditas 18 (2018): 151-164

Part III: Reviews

Jaime Ricardo Gouveia – Angelo Adriano Faria de Assis, Pollyanna Gouveia Mendonça Muniz e Yllan de Mattos,Um historiador por seus pares:trajetórias de Ronaldo Vainfas, São Paulo, Alameda, 2017

Cadernos de Estudos Sefarditas 18 (2018): 167-171

Carla Vieira – Carsten L. Wilke, The Marrakesh Dialogues: A Gospel Critique and Jewish Apology from the Spanish Renaissance, Leiden, Brill, 2014

Cadernos de Estudos Sefarditas 18 (2018): 172-174

Susana Bastos Mateus – Joseph Shatzmiller, Cultural Exchange: Jews, Christians, and Art in the Medieval Marketplace, Princeton, Princeton University Press, 2017

Cadernos de Estudos Sefarditas 18 (2018): 175-178

Miguel Rodrigues Lourenço – Anita Gonzalez-Raymond e Rafael Carrasco (ed.), Las razones del Santo Oficio, Montpellier, Presses Universitaires de la Méditerranée, 2017

Cadernos de Estudos Sefarditas 18 (2018): 178-184