Sisters in the Law of Moses
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In the last chapter, I highlight the role that Queen Esther had for crypto-Jewish women in the diaspora. Isabel de Carvajal and her sister Leonor de Carvajal lived in New Spain and were central figures in upholding and furthering the Jewish faith. I analyze the manuscripts from their second Inquisition trial (1595–1596) to show that crypto-Judaism is a matriarchal religion. In this chapter, we see the practical accommodations of the Esther text for real crypto-Jewish women including material practices of the body and the home.