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Welcoming Anusim Back Into The Family


I continue to meet with and guide those anusim who sincerely wish to return to their ancestral faith. Many of my colleagues try to dissuade me from dedicating myself to this cause. And I’ll admit there are times I entertain the idea of giving up.

But whenever I feel myself about to succumb to discouragement, I ask myself how I could not continue to be a part of the miracle taking place before my very eyes.

There is hope for the future of sincere anusim. They shall return to us and we shall be the stronger for that.

Rabbi Simcha Green, a musmachof Yeshiva University, is a pulpit rabbi and Jewish educator who is presently working on a book on Rav Yosef Soloveitchik’s explanation of the blessing “shelo asani isha.” He can be contacted at rabbi.green@yahoo.com.

About the Author: Rabbi Simchah Green, a musmach of Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, resides in Berkeley, California, and teaches Torah to anyone with an interest in learning about Jewish beliefs and customs.


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For the past several years I have been involved with the modern-day miracle of the return of Jews to their ancient heritage following 500 years of exile. The people I refer to are known in Hebrew as anusim, a more positive term than the one often used – Marranos.

When I was asked to assume a pulpit in San Jose, California, about a year ago, I was not quite aware of the many new experiences I would find here.

Different minhagim have already been established and I leave it to each community to follow the lead and guidance of its teachers.

As the reader can see, there’s plenty to keep us busy here. But Portland has a long and rich Jewish history.

No longer would I have my choice of dozens of shiurim each week at tens of locations, morning, noon, and evening. If I desired such a class I would have to attend the one that I was going to give.

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