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Was Christopher Columbus Jewish?

Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus

I recently came across the following article on the Spanish website This reliable editorial details the latest revelations on the true ancestry of Christopher Columbus (Cristóbal Colón) and the primary motivation behind the discovery of The Americas. It further confirms my own Jewish ancestry that dates back to the migration of Spanish Jews to the island of Cuba onboard the voyages of Columbus.

Here are some highlights of these recent revelations:

  • Christopher Columbus was not of Italian nationality as previously supposed. He was actually a Spanish Jew who went to great lengths to hide his Jewish-ness by obscuring his childhood records. However, much of Columbus’ personal correspondence contained reference to King David of the Bible, the often used term “Bet Hei” (which is Hebrew for “with God’s help”) and his letters were written from right to left in the Hebrew reading fashion, instead of left to right.
  • During this period in history, the Spanish Inquisition was in full force. The powerful Roman Catholic Church in Spain was arresting, imprisoning, torturing, and burning alive all Jews in Spain who refused to convert to Roman Catholicism. It is estimated that as many as 120,000 Jews fled from Spain to avoid the persecution. Many of these Jews traveled on Columbus’ voyages and populated the countries of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Hispaniola (today Dominican Republic/Haiti), Venezuela, Panama, Honduras, Mexico, and many other islands in the Caribbean. Columbus himself is buried in the Dominican Republic.
  • Many Jews who remained in Spain changed their Jewish names and identities to avoid persecution. They also pretended to convert to Roman Catholicism while practicing their own Jewish religion in secret. These new Jewish converts were nevertheless labeled “Marranos*” (swine or pigs) and Christopher Columbus is believed to have been one of those professing conversion while remaining a secret Jew.
  • Columbus’ first voyage set sail from Spain on August 3, 1492. It is believed this date was deliberately chosen to commemorate the anniversary of the destruction of the two Jewish temples in Israel.
  • Contrary to previous opinion, the voyages of Columbus that resulted in the discovery of the Americas was not  financed by the Catholic kings Fernando II de Aragón and Isabel I de Castilla, but by the wealthy Jewish community (Marranos*) who remained in Spain.
Map of Spanish colonization of North America many years before the English Puritans landed.

Map of Spanish colonization of North America many years before the English Puritans landed.

Christopher Columbus made a total of four trips to the Americas during 1492-1504. It is believed that during these trips to the Caribbean Islands and Central and South America, hundreds and thousands of Jews disembarked and began lives in the new world with religious freedom. It’s no wonder that these new colonies began to thrive under God’s favor. God has historically blessed the nations that supported the Jewish people.

“I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” – Genesis 12:3

Could it be that these countries were blessed of God because of the first Jewish inhabitants? Let us remember that the United States was first colonized by Jews from Spain in the areas of Florida (Spanish word meaning “Feast of Flowers”) and other parts of the U.S. eastern coastline. It is quite possible that the United States was blessed of God – not only because of the English Puritan colonists, but also because of the first Spanish-Jewish settlers.

– Luis Josephus


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Jewish Ancestry’s Influence on Cuban Culture

There are many Jewish Cubans (nicknamed “Jewbans”) like myself who’s ancestors first settled on the island of Cuba fleeing the Spanish Inquisition in the 15th Century. Here is a new version of Hava Nagila performed by Cuban singers and dancers (possibly descendents of Spanish Jews) within a backdrop of Old Havana, Cuba. In this video, they have incorporated the Cuban “salsa” rhythms. “Hava Nagila” (Hebrew: “Let Us Rejoice”) is a popular Hebrew folk song that is traditionally sung at Jewish weddings, and Bar Mitzvah’s.

The Cuban Connection & Israel

During the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, Cuban planes and pilots brought nearly 150,000 Jews to Israel from Iraq, Iran, Yemen, and India. “Unreported for nearly 60 years, the airlift was one of the largest in history”

¿Colón era Judío?

Una exposición muestra que el descubrimiento de América habría sido financiado, no con las joyas de la reina Isabel, sino con dineros de la comunidad judía, a la cual pertenecería, además, el descubridor.

Marranos Secret Passover Seder

Marranos: Secret Passover Seder in Spain during the times of the Spanish Inquisition, painting by Moshe Maimon.

* Marranos (Spanish: [ma-rranos];  were originally Jews living in the Iberian Peninsula who had been forced to convert to Roman Catlocism, some of whom may have continued to observe rabbinic Judaism in secret. The term came into later use in 1492 with the Castilian Alhambra Decree, reversing protections originally in the Treaty of Granada (1491). The converts were also known as Cristianos nuevos (Spanish) and Cristãos novos (Portuguese), which mean New Christians, and conversos (the converted).
The term Marrano derives from Arabic muarram; meaning “forbidden, anathematized”. Marrano in 15th century Spanish first meant pig, from the ritual prohibition against eating pork, practiced by both Jews and Muslims. Marrano in Spanish still means pig and dirty, but it is no longer commonly related to religious beliefs.
Although originally the term was used by common people, the insult was mostly racist. Marrano acquired connotations of “filthy-dirty” (sucio) and “unscrupulous” (sin escrúpulos) during the time of the Spanish Inquisition, when the term was used to impugn the character of the recalcitrant crypto-Jew. In contemporary Portuguese the word refers only to crypto-Jews, with marrão meaning the animal pig or swine.
Today, even among Jewish historians, the term ‘marrano’ is no longer considered correct. The preferred terms are ‘anusim’ (Hebrew for “forced”); or ‘conversos’ or ‘conversas’ (Spanish) for men and woman respectively (singular ‘converso’ and ‘conversa’).
–         From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Religious Freedom in America


Beginning with the discovery of the Americas by Christopher Columbus to the establishment of the United States of America by our founding fathers, freedom of religion and the pursuit of conscience has always been the driving force behind our national heritage.

The following documentary truthfully documents the historical precedents set forth by great men such as William Penn, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and many others who God used to make this country great.

– Luis Josephus



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Actor Richard Gere goes undercover as homeless man

Richard Gere goes homeless

Actor Richard Gere recently went undercover as a homeless man in New York City (see photo). He learned firsthand how cruel and indifferent people can be towards the less fortunate.

A homeless woman came up to me the other day as I was leaving the local 7-Eleven. She asked me for a dollar to get something to eat. I didn’t give her any money, but I went back in and bought her a complete breakfast. I find this method works best because you’re not giving them money to buy drugs or alcohol. Afterwards, she asked me to pray for her. I did in Jesus’ name.

Let us follow Jesus’ example of compassion and mercy whenever we have opportunity to help someone in need, and use that opportunity to be a witness of God’s love.

– Luis Josephus


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Are you phubbing Jesus?

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Phubbing (or phone snubbing) is a modern-day problem affecting many people today. Perhaps you may be guilty of phubbing others, and never realized it.

When your friend or loved one is constantly distracted by looking at their cell phone, talking on the phone, texting, or reading their social media feed while you are trying to keep a conversation going, this can be very frustrating! Here are some common complaints:

  • My friend or partner continually glances at his/her cell phone while talking to me
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  • If there is a lull in our conversation, my friend or partner will rudely check his/her cell phone for text messages
  • I feel that I am being ignored when my friend or partner gives more importance to his/her cell phone than to paying attention to me.

The new cell phone technology has provided many benefits for users, but it has also created social problems too. New studies on human behavior show that it is having detrimental effects on our relationships, and is monopolizing our attention spans. Respondents to a recent survey said that being “phubbed” by their friends or partners inevitably causes conflicts, lowers the level of our relational satisfaction, and leads to higher levels of depression from being neglected.

When Jesus gets phubbed.

I can imagine how Jesus feels when we ignore Him. Whether we are too busy or distracted to pray, study His word, or spend quality time with Him, our relationship with Jesus suffers too. We start losing our peace and joy, and experience decreasing satisfaction with our Christian faith. When this occurs in our lives, we’ve got to take drastic steps to remedy the problem. Since Jesus requires being the number one priority in our lives, we may have to ditch whatever has come between Jesus and us. Our Master and King must reign in first place in our hearts and lives – or He is not truly Lord at all.

Think about it: Have you been “phubbing” Jesus by neglecting His fellowship, personal prayer time, missing church services, or allowing other priorities in your life to come between your relationship with Him? If so, it’s time you stopped ignoring Jesus and make things right.

– Luis Josephus


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With God All Things Are Possible

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Faith is the necessary link to receiving God’s blessings and miracles.

Jesus taught us that, if we believe, whatever we ask of God the Father in prayer we will receive. Since He created all things and His power is unlimited, is there anything too hard for God to do? If we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, in harmony with His will, God will move heaven and earth to answer our prayers. That’s how much He loves us!

Even if we don’t see our petitions answered right away, we must continue to persevere in faith that God hears our prayers. Continue to trust that God’s delays are not His denials. Sometimes He may delay His answer in fulfillment of His perfect timing for all things. Continue to trust that His wisdom and planning for our lives is infinitely superior to ours, and He is working everything out for our very good.

– Luis Josephus


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Stop dwelling on your past

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No matter how old or young you are, stop dwelling on your past; there’s nothing you can do to change what went before. What’s done is done. Trust in Christ to give you hope for a bright future and a fresh new beginning. Commit your life to Him today and receive His love, mercy and forgiveness.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (has spiritually become a new person). The old things (the old life) have passed away; behold, all things are become new (a new life has begun as a result of spiritual re-birth).” – 2 Corinthians 5:17

– Luis Josephus


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Starting a House Church

House Church Meeting

Everyone should participate in house church meetings with a teaching, a song, a scripture verse, a testimony, or some other word which will be of benefit to all.

A couple from Ontario, Canada, asked us the following question about starting a house church:

We live in a small town in Ontario Canada. We have been meeting in our home for 3 years now and have grown into a wonderful family. We are so tired of “church” as it is today and feel God is speaking to us about starting a home church. We are very interested how you are doing it and also how to include children into it as well. I would love any information that could help us. Thank you.” – Rob and Victoria

You mentioned that you have been meeting in your home for 3 years now and God has blessed your small group of believers into a wonderful spiritual family. That is commendable. If the Spirit of God were not behind it, it would not have lasted. But since it has, we encourage you to keep it going and continue to seek the Lord’s guidance for further development, maturity and growth.

Sharing a meal or snack and fellowship time afterwards.

Afterwards, sharing a meal or snack and fellowship time is very enjoyable and edifying.

The early Christian church started in very much the same way. The Book of Acts says that they met together from house to house and continued in the apostle’s doctrine:

All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer…And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meals with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” – Acts 2:42-47

I believe that one of the reasons we grow tired of the institutional church, as it is structured today, is because believers are not encouraged to participate in the services and fully utilize their spiritual gifts. This eventually leads to boredom and stagnation. They are simply spectators rather than participators. Therefore, it is important that house churches avoid allowing individuals with the gift of preaching and teaching to become the dominant focus of your home meetings. Instead, everyone should be given equal time to bring a word or a song or revelation or testimony, according to the pattern we see in the early church meetings:

Well, my brothers and sisters, let’s summarize. When you meet together, one will sing, another will teach, another will tell some special revelation God has given, one will speak in tongues, and another will interpret what is said. But everything that is done must strengthen all of you.” – 1 Corinthians 14:26

Pastors and other elders in the home church should only provide oversight and spiritual guidance to the flock – without drawing too much attention to themselves or monopolizing the time, as it happens in the institutional church today. In the Body of Christ there should be no “super stars;” everyone is on the same “level playing field,” and no pastor, preacher, or teacher should ever be elevated any higher in importance than any other believer, or worse yet, than our Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Tragically, this kind of idolatry, which is too often found in the traditional churches today, has shipwrecked many churches.

Regarding children, they should be encouraged to participate along with adults and taught to follow quietness, orderliness and respect during house church meetings. Unfortunately, hyperactive or undisciplined children must sometimes be taken outside the home by a designated child supervisor and teacher until they are trained to calmly participate with the adults.

For further study, we have included some links below that will be of benefit.

For Further Study:

The House Church Movement

Boring Churches


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