In Taking Root, Latin American ladies of Jewish descent, from Mexico to Uruguay, keep in mind their coming of age with Sabbath candles and Hebrew prayers, Ladino songs and merengue song, Queen Esther and the Virgin of Guadalupe. wealthy and bad, Sephardi and Ashkenazi, Jewish immigrant households hunted for a brand new domestic and id in predominantly Catholic societies. The essays integrated right here research the non secular, monetary, social, and political offerings those households have made and proceed to make as they forge Jewish identities within the New World.

Marjorie Agosín has collected narratives and stories that exhibit the colossal variety of Latin American Jewish event. those essays, according to first- and second-generation immigrant event, describe differing issues of view and degrees of involvement in Jewish culture. In Taking Root, Agosín offers us with a latest and vibrant account of the Jewish adventure in Latin America.

Taking Root records the disappointment of exile and loss but in addition a fierce decision to take care of Jewish traditions. this is often Jewish heritage however it can also be a part of the untold historical past of Brazil, Argentina, El Salvador, Ecuador, Chile, Peru, and all of Latin America.

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