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Double Quincentenary
centenary, either in the author’s choice of subject or in the
publisher’s decision to publish the book. These include historian
Howard M. Sachar’s
Farewell Espana: The World of the Sephardim
Remembered
, which gained popular acceptance as well as profes­
sional criticism that suggests the field remains open for re-exami-
natdon;18 Haim Avni’s comparative survey of Canadian, US, and
Latin American Jewish history,
Judios enAmerica
:
Cinco siglosde his-
toria,19
which should serve well those readers of Spanish with no
background in Jewish history; and Mario Saban’s problematic
Judios conversos: Los antepasadosjudios de lasfamilias tradicionales ar-
gentinasP
which attempts to embarrass notorious Argentine anti-
Semites by ascribing Sephardic ancestry to them.
E V E N T S ON J E W I S H TH EM E S
Abrogation of the Edict of Expulsion by King Juan Carlos I of
Spain, and his attendance at a religious service during which he was
photographed wearing a yarmulke, was undoubtedly the highlight
of the Sephardic year and had undeniable symbolic value for heal­
ing the breach between Sepharad and Sephardim. The same
should be said for the less well-publicized denunciation by the Por­
tuguese government of the 1497 order for the forced conversion of
the Jews.21
17. A small sampling o f these would include Suzy David,
The Sephardic
Kosher Kitchen.
Jonathan David Publishers, Inc., 1984; Emilie de Vidas Levy.
Sephardic Cookery.
Women’s Division, Central Sephardic Jewish Community o f
America, 1983;
Recipesfrom theJewish Kitchens ofCurasao.
Compiled by the Sister­
hood ofMikve Israel-Emanuel Drukkerij. N .V 198
2; Sephardic Cooking.
Sephardic
Bikur Olim. Ladies Auxiliary o f Seattle; Edda Servi Machlin,
Cooking of the
SephardicJews: The Classic Cuisine ofthe Italian Jews.
Dodd, Mead and Co, 1981.
18. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994. See review in New York Times, 27
November 1994.
19. Madrid: Editorial Mapfre, 1992.
20. Buenos Aires: Editorial Distal, 1990
21. The widely ballyhooed events in Spain conducted under the rubric
Sepharad 92, such as the renovation o f confiscated synagogues, are beyond the
scope o f this article. They await evaluation o f their impact, which is likely to be
found largely in the areas o f tourism and public relations.