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Sephardim | Sephardim

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Jul.08.2013
There are images ingrained in our minds and more than enough stereotypes about what our ancestors may have been like. Life was different for them. Many of them stepped into a synagogue instead of a church. They also stepped up into carriages instead of cars and huddled in front of outdoor fires...
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Sep.20.2012
Every time my genealogical interest is aroused, I jump on the word or idea and follow it where it leads me, to archaic definitions, unusual world history and strange websites. Ancestry searching is not an easy task, mentally or emotionally, particularly when an ancestor hides their true identity...
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Sep.06.2012
Benjamin is a Hebrew name meaning "Son of the right hand". If your family tree has a Benjamin it could be that your ancestors had an affinity for the ancient Israelites. Used alone, Ben means "Son of". You will find the Hebrew prefix Ben, used abundantly in Hebrew names as in Ben Jacobs, of course...
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Aug.17.2012
After Spain and Portugal's Inquisitions, Jews who forcibly became “New Christians” and "Crypto-Jews, formed themselves into tightly-knit groups of “friends” and family, making it understandable that once you get to your family tree you should see other Jewish names. Watch for the point when they...
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Aug.13.2012
Judging by the number of Christians throughout the world, not only were the Catholic Monarchy's Inquisitions successful in "converting" Jews but Medieval Protestants were also quite competent in their ambitions to convert Jews to Christianity. So this means that there were thousands of Jews who for...
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May.24.2012
Moors from North Africa who conquered Spain and Portugal (called the Iberian Peninsula in the early 700's) gave refuge and opportunity to the Sephardic Jews and together they created and advanced Spain's "Golden Era", particularly in Seville, Cordova and Toledo. Philosophy, medicine, mathematics,...
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Jan.12.2012
     Though intermarrying happened within all ethnic groups, tribes, etc. the Jews of the Middle Ages did not approve of it. They were very strict with their laws and customs and they did not think it enough to have faith in God but believed it crucially important to follow the...
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Sep.19.2011
There is a Crypto-Jewish movement underway, particularly in the southwestern United States. The Internet is full of websites and interesting stories regarding modern day descendants of history’s hidden Jews. Judaism requires conversion and present day Rabbis are strict about it. Some of today’s...