Rebelde Charlie Vázquez Hosts Avant-Garde Latin@ Poets at Queens Lit Crawl


Charlie Vázquez

The first-ever Queens Lit Crawl debuts this coming Thursday April 7 in honor of National Poetry Month. Latino Rebels founding member and Bronx Writers Center Director Charlie Vázquez is a featured curator and will be hosting a superb lineup of award-winning Latin@ literary ninjas from the Puerto Rican, Dominican, Colombian, Cuban and West Indian communities. You can expect lots of surprises and revolutionary rantings from some of New York’s finest avant-garde wordsmiths.


This special Bronx Council on the Arts poetry showcase will take place at Dominie’s Hoek, 48-17 Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City, Queens, on Thursday, April 7th. The show starts at 7pm sharp and wristbands can be purchased through the Queens Lit Crawl site.

Featured performers include Edgar Cabrera, Peggy Robles Alvarado, María Rodríguez, Sydney Valerio, Carlos Valencia, Skye Cabrera, Orlando Ferrand, José Batista-Ayala, Heather Archibald, Urayoán Noel, Carlos Manuel Rivera and Andrés Chulisi Rodríguez. Not to be missed, NYC-area Rebeldes!

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The Talmud must not be regarded as an ordinary work, composed of twelve volumes; it posies absolutely no similarity to any other literary production, but forms, without any figure of speech, a world of its own, which must be judged by its peculiar laws.
The Talmud contains much that is frivolous of which it treats with great gravity and seriousness; it further reflects the various superstitious practices and views of its Persian (Babylonian) birthplace which presume the efficacy of demonical medicines, or magic, incantations, miraculous cures, and interpretations of dreams. It also contains isolated instances of uncharitable “ judgments and decrees against the members of other nations and religions, and finally it favors an incorrect exposition of the scriptures, accepting, as it does, tasteless misrepresentations.

The Babylonian” Talmud is especially distinguished from the Jerusalem or Palestine Talmud by the flights of thought, the penetration of mind, the flashes of genius, which rise and vanish again. It was for this reason that the Babylonian rather than the Jerusalem Talmud became the fundamental possession of the Jewish Race, its life breath, its very soul, nature and mankind, powers and events, were for the Jewish nation insignificant, non- essential, a mere phantom; the only true reality was the Talmud.” (Professor H. Graetz, History of the Jews).
And finally it came Spain’s turn. Persecution had occurred there on “ and off for over a century, and, after 1391, became almost incessant. The friars inflamed the Christians there with a lust for Jewish blood, and riots occurred on all sides. For the Jews it was simply a choice between baptism and death, and many of them submitted to baptism.
But almost always conversion on thee terms was only outward and false. Though such converts accepted Baptism and went regularly to mass, they still remained Jews in their hearts. They were called Marrano, ‘ Accursed Ones,’ and there were perhaps a hundred thousand of them. Often they possessed enormous wealth. Their daughters married into the noblest families, even into the blood royal, and their sons sometimes entered the Church and rose to the highest offices. It is said that even one of the popes was of this Marrano stock.