crypto-Jew


Also found in: Wikipedia.
Related to crypto-Jew: Hidden Jews

cryp·to-Jew

(krĭp′tō-jo͞o′)
n.
A member of a Jewish community forced to convert to another religion and outwardly embracing it while secretly maintaining Jewish practices.
References in periodicals archive ?
None of the four men had been raised as a crypto-Jew, two did not even have proven Jewish ancestry, and not one of them had set out to become a martyr before his arrest.
4) A crypto-Jew from a prominent family in Benavente, Spain, that resettled in Nueva Espana, as Mexico was known in colonial times, Carvajal was arrested in 1589 by the Inquisition under the suspicion of being a Judaizer, i.
Put away the proof, the map, the philosopher's biography, even if some especially fleshy details are bound to stick--Baruch, the Spanish crypto-Jew, exile, the orderly propositions and axioms.
Wagschal interprets the Carrizales as a crypto-Jew.
Regarding the old debate as to whether Maimonides himself was a crypto-Jew while be lived in Fez, see the recent discussion by Jay Harris, "Maimonides in 19th Century Historiography," Proceedings of the American Academy of Jewish Research 54 (1987), pp.
There is an assortment of other medieval and early modern documents, including a long autobiographical essay by the crypto-Jew Luis de Carvajal the Younger.
Cloaking one's religious identity was a common practice in early modern Europe --conversos and crypto-Jews in the Iberian Peninsula, Christian sailors and slaves "turned Turk" in the Mediterranean, and Protestants in Catholic lands all populated the religious landscape of the early modern world.
This phenomenon is most notable in the American Southwest, the place Mexico City's Crypto-Jews (secret Jews) fled to following the city's 1640s auto-da-fes (Acts of Faith).
The authors discuss the prominent roles that these often crypto-Jews and crypto-Muslims played in colonial America, their kinship to Huguenots in the Carolinas, and participation in Freemasonry.
Today, the descendants of these Jews, also known as Marranos, Conversos, crypto-Jews, Chuetas, Anusim and New Christians, constitute significant numbers in Spain, Portugal, Latin America, Brazil and the Southwest US.
In Tancred (1847), the only Disraeli novel Himmelfarb discusses at length, the author's spokesman Sidonia sees crypto-Jews managing affairs everywhere, as professors, ambassadors, generals, cabinet members; he also wonders whether Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven were Jewish.
In the 16th century, it turns out, a handful of "New Christians," Marranos and crypto-Jews attempted to escape the Inquisition in Spain by fleeing to Manila.