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The Strange Nation of Rafael Mendes.
13 Dozens of other novelists
were inspired to retell the story of the expulsion in sanguinary de­
tail while adding little to the historical record. Several children’s
books of varying quality were published 14and a start was made to­
ward filling the gap in instructional materials, most notably by the
Ben Zvi Institute ofJerusalem.15
Most journals with a Jewish readership published special issues
commemorating the quincentenary, among which the outstanding
contribution was the above-mentioned Summer 1992 issue of
AmericanJewishArchives. Sefardica,
the journal of the Centro de In­
vestigation y Difusion de la Cultura Sefaradf of Buenos Aires, pub­
lished a special issue on “Criptojudaismo en America Colonial” in
September 1993. Special quincentenary issues were published by
journals as varied as the
MeltonJournal, Raices
,
HadassahMagazine
,
and
Reflejos.16
Numerous cookbooks with recipes from Greek,
Turkish, and other Sephardi kitchens were published; Sephardic
cookery was quickly taken up by restaurants and the popular press
as a whole new cuisine was discovered.17
Publishing on the subject of New World Jewry continued at the
accelerating pace that has characterized the last decade. Several ti­
tles appear to have been stimulated by the proximity of the quin­
13. Moacyr Scliar,
The Strange Nation of Rafael Mendes,
New York: Har­
mony Books, 1987.
14. See, for example, Barbara Brenner,
I f You Were There in 1492.
New
York: Bradbury Press, 1991. Norman H. Finkelstein,
The Other 1492: Jewish Set­
tlement in the New World.
New York: William Morrow, 1992.
15.
Exile 1492: The Expulsion oftheJewsfrom Spain
is a kit containing educa­
tional materials suitable for grades 9 -1 2 and including textbooks, teacher guides,
maps for overhead projection, slides, and audiotapes. The Los Angeles Bureau of
Jewish Education compiled a useful selected bibliography for the period and
CAJE (Coalition for the Advancement o f Jewish Education) compiled classroom
materials, also in xerox. The JCC Association issued a useful Sephardic Program
Resource Guide, containing references to books, conferences, exhibits, films and
video, food, lecturers, music and musicians, performing artists, teaching materi­
als, and travel tours.
16.
Melton Journal
(Columbus, Oh, Autumn 1992),
Rakes
(Buenos Aires,
Summer 1993)
Reflejos
(Jerusalem, July 1992), September 1993,
Hadassah Maga­
zine
(January 1992).