Nevada Public Radio Listen Live

Facebook Twitter Follow Nevada Public Radio

Support Nevada Public Radio
KNPR's State of Nevada About SON Archives Participate Specials
Is The Cosmopolitan Of Las Vegas For Sale?
The HOA: Help Or Headache?
Gillespie On Bundy, Officer Shootings
Reno: News From The North
No Way Any Convention Is Coming To Las Vegas
Bundyfest: It Could Happen
Reid Vs. Heller On Bundy Standoff
Lowden Embraces Changing Senate Elections
The State Of The Clark County School District
Reno A Frontrunner For Tesla Plant
States Look At Marijuana Laws
Gut Feeling: What We Learned From The Hadza About Digestion
Missing Out On A High School Diploma
The Progressive Bluegrass Sounds Of The Infamous Stringdusters
Why Don't We Know Who's Behind the Kelly Cheating Scandal?
Las Vegas City Council Votes For Horse-Drawn Carriages
Utah Keeps 'Utes' As Mascot
The Good Foods Of Lent
Robert Coover And The Return Of The Brunists
How Safe Is Your Food?
Castro And Patrick Spar Over Immigration
Boycott Las Vegas Say Social Conservatives
Behind The Bundy Ranch Standoff
Can 'Serious' Reading Happen Online?
Lynne Jasames On Why 'It's Okay To Cry'
BASE Jumping: The Allure And The Danger
Anti-Government Protesters Win Round Against BLM
Tax Advice For The Alternative Economy
The Secret History Of Las Vegas

The Hidden History Of The Crypto Jew
The Hidden History Of The Crypto Jew

AIR DATE: December 20, 2012

Imagine going your whole life practicing religious and cultural traditions, only to find out those practices aren't what they seem. That's what happened to so-called crypto Jews. Crypto Jews are descendants of Jews from the time of the Spanish Inquisition who were forced to hide their faith for fear of persecution. Hundreds of years later, many Spanish speaking Latinos who practiced Catholicism and other religions found out their religious customs and practices were rooted in Judaism. That revelation led many of those Latinos to embrace Judaism after a lifetime spent practicing another religion. Not everyone accepts the theory of crypto Jews in the American Southwest - some have theorized that these could be the descendants of Seventh Day Adventists.
To reconnect with his own Jewish faith after his mother forced him to hide his faith as a child, author Theodore Ross traveled to New Mexico to explore the mystery of the crypto Jews. Ross joins us to discuss the history of crypto Jews and how people in the Southwest have reconnected with their Jewish faith and ancestry.
Theodore Ross, author, Am I a Jew?: Lost Tribes, Lapsed Jews, and One Man's Search for Himself


    comments powered by Disqus
    check out for some fascinating Jewish resources from hidden and forgotten communities around the world.
    rick passoDec 14, 2012 09:37:35 AM
    also have shared this link with my Sephardic cousins in Macedonia:
    rick passoDec 14, 2012 09:38:57 AM
    Web hosting facilities provided by Switch.