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. They generally did so in reference to questions that were asked about the Jewish status of Conversos with reference to certain issues of Jewish law. e.g. marriage, divorce, kashrut, etc. and not on broader questions of Jewish identity.

That being said, I am happy to announce the release of another book in my introduction to Judaism series, titled, Who is a Jew? It focuses on traditional Judaism’s view of what Jewish identity entails based on  biblical and rabbinic sources.

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I hope it provides the basis for a future work specifically on Conversos and their descendants which will review the arguments for and against the Jewish status of these individuals.

The link for the paperback version is http://goo.gl/0IxukE
The link for the Kindle version is http://goo.gl/TxGWkZ
The Kindle version will be available for a free download from Tuesday September 13th through Friday September 16th as part of a special promotion.
For those of you who read it, I look forward to your feedback and thoughts.

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