Conversa Heritage, Crypto-Jewish Practice and Women's Rituals

  title={Conversa Heritage, Crypto-Jewish Practice and Women's Rituals},
  author={J. Jacobs},
  journal={Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies},
  pages={101 - 108}
  • J. Jacobs
  • Published 1999
  • Sociology
  • Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies
This paper examines the role of ritual purification in the lives of female descendants of the Spanish crypto-Jews. For some descendants, the discovery of crypto-Jewish heritage has led to a desire to reclaim the Sephardic faith of their ancestors. At the heart of this reclamation process is the adoption and practice of Jewish rituals and customs. Among the rituals that have become especially important for female descendants is the act of ritual immersion. Through an ethnographic study of crypto… Expand
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