By Janet Liebman Jacobs
This examine of latest crypto-Jews-descendants of ecu Jews compelled to transform to Christianity throughout the Spanish Inquisition-traces the group's historical past of clandestinely engaging in their religion and their present-day efforts to reclaim their earlier. Janet Liebman Jacobs masterfully combines old and social medical concept to type a super research of hidden ancestry and the transformation of non secular and ethnic identification.
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He pitched two Secrecy and the Dangers of Jewishness 25 tents on the sea-shore. In one tent he placed a scroll of the Law, and in the other a cross. Then he sat between the two tents on the royal throne, and courteously summoned the converted Jews to indicate the religion they would rather choose. All the Jews, with their womenfolk and children, then ran joyfully into the tent where the Torah was. As they came into the tent, they were slaughtered one by one and their bodies were ﬂung into the sea.
7 This legend maintained that Jews consumed the blood of Christians, especially young boys, in the practice of harmful Jewish magic. Rites of human sacriﬁce were thought to take place particularly at Easter when Jews reenacted the Cruciﬁxion and baked Passover matzo (unleavened bread) made with the blood of a Christian child. In a fascinating study of Jews and Christians in European history, Claudine Fabre-Vassas discusses the canonization of boys who were presumed to be victims of Jewish rituals.
And then I started asking, why did my father lie to us? And then I realized of course it was 1945, I was born in 1945. My dad had been in the United States one year earlier, the world was at war, and Jews were being slaughtered everywhere. It was bad to be a Jew in 1945, so he probably decided better to erase any connections Secrecy and the Dangers of Jewishness 29 with Judaism until this whole thing clears up. So when I approached him in 1960, ﬁfteen years later, I suppose it was clear to him that there was no immediate danger for Jews so he said yes, we are originally Sephardic.
Hidden Heritage: The Legacy of the Crypto-Jews by Janet Liebman Jacobs