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
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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
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
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