The Case of the Xuetas

In 2011 did the Bnei Brak rabbinical court of the late Israeli Haredi Posek rabbi Nissim Karelitz (1926-2019) formally recognize the endogamous Xueta (pronounced “Chueta”) Crypto-Jewish community of the Catalan Island of Majorca in Spain as Halakhically Jewish despite there being aspects of Christianity in their practice of Crypto-Judaism. 

This is parallel to the question of the Islamic veneer in some denominations of Median Judaism such as Alevi-Bektashi Judaism and Alawite Judaism. Median Jews are not Muslims, do not practice Islam and have not converted to Islam. Just as the Xuetas are they Halakhically Jewish.

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization

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