Rabbi Stephen Leon
Rabbi Leon is the founding director of the Anusim Center in El Paso, Texas and for decades has been one of the leading rabbinical forces listening to the B'nei Anusim (descendants of the forced converts in the Spanish world) and opening a path to Judaism for them. He is the Rabbi Emeritus of the Congregation B'nai Tzion in El Paso.
The Third Commandment and the Return of the Anusim
Rabbi Leon, Director of the Anusim Center in El Paso, TX and Rabbi Emeritus of B’nai Zion Synagogue has written his theological memoir about experiences with Anusim families from the Southwest of the U.S., Mexico and beyond. Since the 1980’s he has been a major figure in the Borderlands region of the Rio Grande, recognizing the B’nei Anusim and their return to Judaism.
“An eye-opening, compelling, and inspirational story. Readers discover Secret Jews, Secret Scandals, Secret Sorrows and Secret Survival. A brave, determined leader, Rabbi Leon works at the epicenter – El Paso/Juarez...For descendants of the Spanish Inquisition curious about their hidden Sephardic Jewish roots, Rabbi Leon is hero.” — Donna Rosenthal, author of the best-selling The Israelis: Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Land.
“With a compassionate heart, Rabbi Stephen Leon explores the crypto-Judaic phenomenon from the Spanish Inquisition until today... An inspiring book for Jews and Christians alike.” — Corinne Joy Brown, Editor of HaLapid, the journal of the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies; author of Hidden Star.
“This book teaches, inspires, shows the way for other rabbis, calls for an entire Jewish generation to follow suit in what might be described as potentially the great “Last Frontier” of the ‘gathering of the exiles’.” — Professor Abraham Gross, Dept. of Jewish History, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Be’er Sheva, Israel
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