Hispanics Uncovering Roots as Inquisition's Hidden Jews
When she was growing up in a small town in southern Colorado, an area where her ancestors settled centuries ago when it was on the fringes of the
northern frontier of New Spain, Bernadette Gonzalez always thought some of the stories about her family were unusual, if not bizarre.
Her grandmother, for instance, refused to travel on Saturday and would use a specific porcelain basin to drain blood out of meat before she cooked
Ms. Gonzalez started researching her family history and concluded that her ancestors were Marranos, or Sephardic Jews, who had fled the Inquisition in
Spain and in Mexico more than four centuries ago. Though raised in the Roman Catholic faith, Ms. Gonzalez felt a need to reconnect to her Jewish
roots, so she converted to Judaism three years ago.
Sanford, Fla. - Wendy Martinez Canelones grew up Catholic and Seventh-day Adventist. But she always felt drawn to Judaism. She once had a vivid dream
of herself embracing a blue volume of the Torah. She tears up recalling the dream.
Eventually, she found out why. While studying her family history, she found that she is a descendant of Jews who were killed during the Spanish
"It's been in my heart so many years that for me, it was not a surprise," says Ms. Canelones, who converted to Judaism and now worships at Beth
Israel Messianic Synagogue, a congregation for Hispanic Jews in suburban Orlando.
So-called hidden or crypto-Jews, whose family histories have been shrouded in secrecy for centuries, can trace their ancestry back to the Sephardic
Jews of Spain. Many of them are here in the former Spanish colonies of Florida, as well as the US Southwest, the Caribbean, and Central and South
During the Spanish Inquisition, Jews were forced to convert to Catholicism. Some did so disingenuously, some were killed, and some fled. When
Christopher Columbus sailed for the New World in 1492, some Sephardic Jews joined him, perhaps believing they finally would be free of Spanish
In case people may not know, I am American, of Mexican descent.
Though I haven't been able to trace my roots beyond a few generations, for some reason, I somehow feel like I can relate to some of these stories.
Not just because I've always been kind of drawn to Juadaism, but also because I seem to recall that my Grandmother also had a very special knife that
she would bring out from time to time. (see first article)
My older Brother told me that he remembers my Gramma slaughtering a goat once when he was very young, but the details of that conversation are
extremely vague since it occured almost 40 years ago, when he was arriving from a trip/vacation.
I myself never saw her slaughter a goat or anything like that but I do know she always kept that knife in a very special place.
Back then I never thought anything of it, but I never understood why this knife wasn't stored with all the other cutlery,
After reading these reports of Hispanics uncovering their long lost Jewish heritage, makes me wonder if I myself may also have some Jewish
Modern science may now be shedding new light on the history of the crypto-Jews after molecular anthropologists recently developed a DNA test of the
male or Y chromosome that can indicate an ancestral connection to the Cohanim, a priestly class of Jews that traces its origin back more than 3,000
years to Aaron, the older brother of Moses.
Family Tree DNA, a Houston company that offers a Cohanim test to its male clients, gets about one inquiry a day from Hispanics interested in exploring
the possibility of Jewish ancestry, said Bennett Greenspan, its founder and chief executive. Mr. Greenspan said about one in 10 of the Hispanic men
tested by his company showed Semitic ancestry strongly suggesting a Jewish background.
I've known about this company in Houston for a few years, they can actually check a person's DNA for traces of this Jewish gene.
I've wanted to take this DNA test ever since I heard it was available, but I am extremely hesitant because if I end up testing positive, I can then
see my name and blood type being entered to some National Genetic Bloodline database, somewhere.
I've always suspected the TPTB use polls and statistics as metrics to decide how to implement their next step of their Global agenda, and for all we
know this company may be doing nothing more than sniffing out and trapping the very people/bloodline they wish to destroy.
Maybe once this list grows to a considerable size will they then have to act in some way, or to keep the list from growing perhaps.
...but what if they already have the figures they want?
...maybe they know what is to happen next?
Now we keep hearing from the Media about the Swine Flu originated in Mexico, some are even calling this
The NAFTA Flu
for obvious reasons and also because it follows
the NAFTA trade route
What's going on here?
Will there will soon be another Holocaust?
Will FEMA Prison camps soon be used as concentration camps to house and exterminate one of the Twelve Tribes, ...the bloodline that escaped from Spain
in the 15th Century?
On top of all this, how does this tie in with 2012?
Will the year 2012 mean the end of existence for those who also happen to have Mayan roots?
Btw, regarding that guy from my avatar, aka "the Most Interesting Man In The World" of Dos Equis fame.
Whether he actually really is Hispanic, I don't really know for sure, but his name is......