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Bringing Together and Educating Descendants of Sephardic Conversos

Elohai Neshama-Bircat Shelomo Siddur

The Elohai Neshama, My G-d, the Soul… is chanted in the following video from the Bircat Shelomo Siddur. It is chanted in a melody from the Spanish -Portuguese tradition. This … Continue reading

April 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Conflicted Identities

In 2006, I was attending several week-long classes at the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago. One of the classes was titled “Who is a Jew?” and … Continue reading

March 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Crypto Jewish Practices in New Spain

It’s difficult to provide a complete list of Crypto-Jewish observances that Judaizing Conversos in the New World maintained, but the following list represents common practices. Fast Days: Yom Kippur- El … Continue reading

February 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Simon Vaez de Sevilla

This is the third of what I refer to as mini-posts that will focus on facts related to Crypto-Jews/Conversos in the New World. Born in Santiago de Compostela in Galicia … Continue reading

February 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Conversos with Columbus

This is the first of what I refer to as mini-posts that will focus on facts related to Crypto-Jews/Conversos in the New World. The following is a list of Conversos … Continue reading

February 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Conversos and the Sabbatean Movement: The Unlikely Supporters of Sabbatai Zevi

In 1665-1666 the messianic movement of Sabbatai Zevi (also written as Shabbetai Zevi, Shabbetai Tzvi, Shabtai Sevi, etc.) spread like wildfire throughout the Jewish communities of the Mediterranean and northern … Continue reading

February 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Jewish Diaspora and the Perez Family Case in China, Japan, the Philippines, and the Americas

The Converso diaspora extended far beyond Europe and the New World. The journey of Conversos extended to the Far East. Lúcio de Sousa’s doctoral dissertation is available on Academia. edu. … Continue reading

February 7, 2019 · Leave a comment