David M. Gitlitz & Linda Kay Davidson


We retired in 2006 from the University of Rhode Island as specialists in Spanish language and literature, and Hispano-Judaic and Pilgrimage Studies. Together and individually we have published extensively on the lives and religion of the Crypto-Jews of Spain and Mexico, including their culinary culture, on Spanish literature, and on world pilgrimage, Jewish pilgrimage, and the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.

With retirement, after having been teachers and administrators for nearly 4 decades at various universities, both in the US and abroad, we are able to devote full energy to our ongoing research and to public speaking.

This website focuses on our occasional musings and those things going on in our lives and on our computers.                                                      



Contact us at:  dgitlitz@gmail.com


September 2013:
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What others say:

about      Secrecy and Deceit: The Religion of the Crypto-Jews

"Historians and students of comparative and popular religion will be drawing on this work for years."   [Haym Soloveitchik, Yeshiva University]

about      Drizzle of Honey: The Lives and Recipes of Spain's Crypto-Jews 

"I … was mesmerized. … Easily, this is among the top three Jewish Cookbooks of the year."   [
Larry Mark, SeferSafari.com  (1999)]