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The Other Secret Jews: Turkey's Dönme Elite

Adam Hirsch of the New Republic recently published an article on the Donme. The Donme were Jews who accepted the messianic claims of Sabbatai Zevi and converted to Islam following their master’s lead. 182 more words

Crypto-Jewish History

The Crypto-Jewish Experience: Where It Began, Where It Is Now

I sincerely apologize for this last minute posting. Its been a busy week. The Southwest Jewish Congress will be hosting an event on Crypto-Judaism.

Three part lecture  will feature distinguished speakers on the topic of the Sephardic Expulsion from Spain in 1492, the subsequent underground practices of these Crypto-Jews, and how we see effects of this event in our world (including Texas) today. 98 more words

Crypto-Jewish History

Converso Settlement Outside the Peninsula

The situation of Jews who fled to Portugal and were faced with what amounted to forced conversion was starkly different than the case in Spain. After the forced baptisms of 1497, the King of Portugal promised that no inquisitorial activity would be directed against these Conversos for a period of 20 years. 625 more words

Crypto-Jewish History

Books on Conversos-Part 2

I am working on creating a master list of books on the Inquisition, Conversos, etc. and will eventually organize these into the appropriate categories and add these to a separate page on the website. 271 more words

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Crypto-Jewish Outreach

The various individuals who have returned to  Judaism have not been without the support of an eclectic group of rabbis. While most American rabbis are often unfamiliar with the Crypto-Jewish aspects of Sephardic history, a handful of rabbis has become actively involved in helping the descendants of Conversos return to Judaism. 1,996 more words

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How Many Jews were Lost?

Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi, the famous author of Zakhor: Jewish History and Jewish Memory and From Spanish Court to Italian Ghetto: Isaac Cardoso : A Study in Seventeenth-Century Marranism and Jewish Apologetics  156 more words

Crypto-Jewish History

Who is a Jew?

The question, Who is a Jew?, is directly related to the over arching theme of this website. The plight of Crypto-Jews and their descendants was discussed extensively by various rabbis in the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries. 198 more words