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April 10, 2009 at 4:14 pm #1553

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Click here to read the article: The Lonely Journey of a Puerto Rican Jew

August 6, 2009 at 8:02 pm #3521

Mendez

how can I contact with Franklin Velazquez

August 7, 2009 at 5:25 pm #3526

Unregistered

Very interesting article. My son is half Latino but Jewish also. Good luck to you. You can have the best of both worlds.

August 23, 2009 at 12:47 pm #3629

Unregistered

I was raised Catholic, but converted to Judaism because my husband is Jewish. Our daughters are Jewish, but recently one daughter married an Irish Catholic and our other daughter dates and an Irish Catholic.

August 30, 2009 at 11:29 pm #3673

Franklin Velazquez

I have set up a blog at:
http://judioslatinos.blogspot.com/

I welcome ideas on the subjects presented.
B’Shalom,
Franklin

September 8, 2009 at 5:06 am #3728

aliza-yaffa

wow hemano i know the alone feeling toooby it is whst it is shalom
aliza

September 8, 2009 at 6:08 am #3729

aliza yaffa

mazal tov mi hemano y yasher kaoach
aliza

September 12, 2009 at 3:41 pm #3749

Franklin Velazquez

Despite the lonely jorney, something powerful keeps me Jewish. I still look forward to the High Holy Days. I love Pesach. I read about Judaism and Israel on an ongoing basis. While I employ meditation to help me sense the Ein Sof, and enjoy reading some of Thich Nhat Hahn’s books, I would never abandon Judaism for Buddhism. There is a powerful compelling journey to being Jewish. I wish all of you a meaningful Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.
B’Shalom,
Franklin

December 31, 2009 at 6:57 pm #4169

Nora Alvarez

A very compelling article Franklin. But don’t feel lonely as G-d is with you. I can totally identify with your yearning and enlightenment towards Israel and Judaism in contrast to your background. As I too am Puerto Rican (Spanish), born in New York and raised among many Ashkenazi Jews, of course many other religions as well. However, both my parents and a very dear close aunt, have all throughout my childhood repeatedly and unwaveringly, till their dying days, told me of our ancestry as Hebrews–not as Spaniards and not Jewish, but as Hebrew. That my anscestors either succumbed to conversion and/or Hebrew went underground, and that other family members relocated (escaped!) in order to survive the Spanish Inquisition. They told me to never forget we came from the Inquisition and we are Hebrew. From this holocaust and diaspora, I can only conclude, that over the centuries a lot of the Judeo-Sephardic traditions where lost or perhaps incorporated into day-to-day family routine/way of life without much emphasis of their religious meaning or reason. Which perhaps was the case in my family, as there were many instances where any public display or talk of our Hebrew background was suppressed and hushed up very quickly. Obviously, the fear was passed down as well. Our Spanish was not understood by other Puerto Ricans. We always had Passover Seder though, and kept the Sabbath! (We were probably the only PR’s in the Bronx having Seder! (just joking)) My parents believed in Jesus and knew what that meant in relation to their heritage. There is more to tell, but in another venue. My point being is that even though I’ve been told of my Hebrew ancestry, I don’t even know where to begin in a community of Spanish Jews. What do I do with this information? How do I apply it to my life today? So that’s my dilemna. With that said, I must add, that, John Nieves is pretty much on target in his posts of 2008/04/23 09.46pm and 2008/04/23 02.02pm “Your
conversion is not due to growing up with Jews, but
rather Hashem leading you to your roots. You did not convert to Judaism, you returned to Judaism after 500 years. You are chosen.” When I read his comments I was so elated, but, more so with your bio since we may be related–family(?). And if we are related, you definitely have Hebrew blood. My mother is a Velazquez and her father Diego Velazquez was fr Puerto Rico, San Sebastian Spain and family regionally mostly fr Sevilla Espana. My father’s family was from the Canary Islands and Madrid. Email me if you like. Hope my comments helped. Mr Franklin Velazquez, we are definitely in the end times and our Messiah Yesuah is coming soon. Praise the Lord! Baruch Ha Shem! Good luck and may G-d Bless you and your lovely family!

January 31, 2010 at 1:50 am #4290

Elizabeth

Dear Franklin,
This is all very moving and very brave. I’d love to talk with you at some length on the loneliness of conversion, the inevitable tensions with family of origin, and all. You write eloquently.

August 30, 2010 at 4:25 pm #5007

Jackie Bayouth

Praise G-d! Alavado sea! I am not alone. I am also of a Jewrican. Our family just recently discovered our hebrew roots. (Navarros and Reyes) This journey also started with dreams!

December 24, 2010 at 10:20 pm #5340

Anthony

Look for LADINO jews. As a roman catholic Puerto Rican I support your change. It is still the same God. You are still a Puerto Rican. Bring some of that Jewish strength to us. I love their food and community. Almost all of my best teachers were Jewish! Congratulations!!!!

January 13, 2011 at 6:46 am #5391

Puerto rican from the Bronx

I too was born to Puerto Rican parent. Raised in a Catholic home, even went to Catholic school. My family always said we were Jews once. My name is recognized as Jewish. When I was young 12-13, I always read the bible. I loved reading the Life lessons it taught. I always thought to myself if we were once why not anymore? Just before I started high school I asked my maternal grandma for a star of David to wear on a chain. She said that I was searching for our ancestral ties. As I grew many people asked why I wore a star of David? I said it just felt right. I converted when I was 18. It was accepted in a way by my parents. I married a great Jewish woman who was not religiously observant at all. But now she is. We have a Jewish family and I identify myself as Jewish first and last. I am very proud to be a Jew. It is what I am. I wholly reject any notion of G-d being anything but unique and unto himself. I believe in Torah Judaism and that the greatest of men was Moshe. All my love and devotion is to G-d alone, as stated in the Shema. Be strong you have been called because your soul is attracted to Judaic practice. Be strong and trust in the “Rock of Israel” shalom.

January 13, 2011 at 6:56 am #5392

Unregistered

For all my Jewish Latino brothersn and sisters. This is an excellent site to connect with others like us.
http://toratropical.com/

March 1, 2011 at 5:44 am #5530

Franklin Velazquez

According to history during the Great Inquisition we know that many Jews were prosecuted because of their religious believe in Hebrew practice and many were conversos but in order to maintained there heritage they added a abreviation to thier name in order to preserve thier Hebrew heritage and that was ez, like instead of Velazque but to Velazqu(ez).
And that is why I am a Puertorican descend but a Christian Pastor and I’m still investigating my roots.
Tank you for your article
Franklin Velazquez, Sparks, NV

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