“The Bible in Spain”: A 19th century reference to Crypto-Judaism in Spain

George Borrow (1803–1881) was a British author, adventurer, and agent of the Bible Society whose journeys in the mid-nineteenth century took him to both Russia and Spain. His The Bible in Spain, or, the Journeys, Adventures, and Imprisonments of an Englishman in an Attempt to Circulate the Scriptures in the Peninsula, published in London in 1914, contains a […]

“New research demystifies the origin of the surnames of converted Jews in Brazil”

Prof. Avi Gross of the ISAS is quoted in this article, which appeared in the Brazilian journal Oglobo in 2012.


Israel Independence Day Message

On this Yom ha-Zikaron (Memorial Day) and eve of Yom ha-Atzma‘ut (Independence Day), let us all remind ourselves of the crucial part the State of Israel has played in the preservation of the Jewish people. One cannot imagine Am Yisrael after the Holocaust without the State of Israel as its focal point: The remnant of […]