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The month of September: Latin American Independence and Jewish Holidays!

September presents us with an opportunity to look at the Latin American Independence movement, and Jewish culture and traditions. Most importantly the question is: How these two events have to do with each other? I hope you join me and read this fascinating piece of history that is little known. Converso- Jews have been living in Latin America since the...

Jewish and Latin American Music

The Jewish musical traditions of the Hebrew psalms of David became part of the Western Christian Gospel music known as Gregorian Chants. Therefore, it is most appropriate to explore it when we are learning about Jewish holiday traditions and Latin American History, because they go very well together. I invite you to listen to the samples below. Enjoy! https://youtu.be/BfyvSQ4elVo Jewish ...

Rosh Hashana – Jewish New Year, this September marks the Year 5782.

Jewish holidays happen throughout the year. The Shabbat happens once a week every Saturday. It is the Jewish day of rest.  Jewish people believe God worked for six days and rested on the seventh. It starts on Friday evening and ends at sundown on Saturday. Prayer can be recited in Hebrew and/or in your chosen language. First blessing to light the two...

Latin American Independence

Why is it called “Latin America? After the “Protestant Reformation” [1521] in Europe. Catholic countries like Portugal, Spain, Italy, and France, continued celebrating their liturgy [religious services] in Latin. The colonies of these Catholic countries in America became known as “Latin” America for that reason. Latin American Colonies It all began in 1492 with the landing of Cristopher Columbus in...

Latin America Celebrations of Independence Day

In the United States of America, people celebrate the “declaration” of Independence on July 4th. 1776; even though, it was seven years later, in 1783 at the Treaty of Paris. when Great Britain officially acknowledged the United States as a sovereign and independent nation. In the same manner, countries in Latin America celebrate the day of the “declaration” of Independence...

250 year Trade Route – Manila – Mexico – Spain, from 1565 to 1815.

In 1565 Andrés de Urdaneta, and Alonso de Arellano made the first successful return voyage from Acapulco, Mexico to Manila, in the Philippines across the Pacific Ocean making it possible to make one or two return trips within a year. The Manila Galleon route connected Asia, America, and Europe. The cargo from the Philippines was loaded on mules in Acapulco...