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  • Welcoming Back the Anusim: A Halakhic Teshuvah

    My paper this morning will be divided into five sections. I will first examine existing rabbinic responsa. Second, I will turn to elements of the laws of conversion as they affect the anusim. Third, I will examine two status issues. Fourth, I will examine...
  • The Ladino Language

    "You're speaking just like Cervantes,"  he said.   I was in a cantina in Madrid in 1957.  I met a man there, he was a reporter.  We were conversing over a few drinks.   I understood his puzzlement and had to explain.  I was speaking th...
  • Frank Longoria's Story

    My name is Frank Longoria and I was born into a family, descendants of Sephardic anusim who converted to Christianity in the remote past in the Iberian Peninsula. As a young boy, I learned from my father's family that I was a descendant of Jews. But it ...
  • 'Lost' Jews in Spain Find Israel Advocacy

    In recent years, hundreds of Spanish Catholics have discovered that family customs have roots in hidden Jewish traditions from Inquisition days; many of these new-found 'bnei anousim' are taking part in efforts to improve Israel's image in Europe BARC...
  • Conversion to Judaism: Halakha, Hashkafa, and Historic Challenge

    Rabbi Marc D. Angel is Founder and Director of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals, and Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Shearith Israel. Author and editor of 26 books, he wrote "Choosing to Be Jewish: The Orthodox Road to Conversion," available throu...
  • Slamming the Door on Converts

    Every year, thousands of non-Jews make the fateful decision to convert to Judaism. Some are seeking spiritual fulfillment. Many are married to or planning to marry a Jewish spouse. Others have a Jewish father or grandparent and desire a full sense of belo...
  • Finding Their Way Home

    Thousands of men and women who claim descent from forced converts have set out on an emotional odyssey to regain their families’ original faith—Judaism. Growing up in a Catholic family in the 1950’s in the old whaling town of New Bedford, Mass., L...