Conversos and Samaritans: Unlikely Comparisons

In 2014, I had the opportunity to present a brief lecture on comparisons between Conversos and Samaritans in rabbinic literature. The lecture was given at the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies conference in Dallas. At first thought it may seem odd to compare a group like the Samaritans with origins in the aftermath of the destruction of the First Temple to a group of Jews whose plight began in the 14th century.

A little bit of inquiry, however reveals some interesting points of “connection.”

Mount Gerizim
Mount Gerizim- The Holy Site in Samaritan Religion

The file below is Power Point file I used as a reference for the lecture. While the Power Point requires elaboration, I believe it is still of benefit for understanding the Converso experience in light of other “marginal” groups in Jewish history.

Conversos and Samaritans-5-16-16

In the future, I hope to record an audio or video lecture presenting this information. If anyone reading this has any questions about it, feel free to comment.

Posted by Rabbi Juan Bejarano-Gutierrez, the director of the B’nei Anusim Center for Education, and author of What is Kosher?

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