Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Jews who were forced to accept the Catholic religion at the time of their expulsion from Spain (1492), but who secretly observed the principal tenets of their faith: same as maranos.

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Examples

  • Known as anusim, a Hebrew word for Jews who forcibly converted, many Latin American "crypto-Jews" have rediscovered the faith of their ancestors in recent years.

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  • Known as anusim, a Hebrew word for Jews who forcibly converted, many Latin American 'crypto-Jews' have rediscovered the faith of their ancestors in recent years.

    Archive 2005-08-01

  • She details a legend prevalent among anusim, a Hebrew word meaning "people who suffered forced baptism."

    Jews in Mexico. a struggle for survival part 2

  • "I think the anusim are the only answer," he said.

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  • At the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, a rabbinical student is at work on a prayer book for "anusim" ( "forced ones" in Hebrew), descendants of 15th-century Spanish and Portuguese Jews who converted to escape the Inquisition but continued to practice Judaism in secret.

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  • All but two of the 23 synagogues in Mexico City are Orthodox and in light of Orthodox views on who is a Jew, it is likely that their point of view about anusim will prevail.

    Jews in Mexico. a struggle for survival part 2

  • Adding up all these factors, a warm welcome for anusim returning to Judaism seems highly unlikely.

    Jews in Mexico. a struggle for survival part 2

  • Thus, the people from Kulanu, attempting to convince some anusim to return to the religion of their ancestors, are really not welcome.

    Jews in Mexico. a struggle for survival part 2

  • Probably, trying to convince anusim to return to Judaism will not succeed.

    Jews in Mexico. a struggle for survival part 2

  • "We should put our energy into the Jewish people rather than to try and bring anusim back,"

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