Another Step in Kibbutz Galuyot

Another group of “lost Jews” have been found, or more accurately, recognized. This time it is the Chuetas from Majorca. As an aside, it would be important to know if this term is considered deragatory now, as it means “pigs” in their language. The word for the Spanish Jews who hid their identity after the Inquisition, Marranos, also means “pigs”. I read in a Jewish cookbook recently, that this was because they would sometimes hang pigs to smoke in a prominent place, so that the authorities would not suspect them of being Jewish.

Whether these Jews will now want to move to Israel is a question, but at least they will have the option.

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