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Need more blessings?

Yesterday I asked a volunteer at our church bookstore, “Why do you work here without any pay?” She replied with a big smile, “Because God blesses me back in so many ways and because I love the Lord!”

Great answer.

Blessed are those who voluntarily give their time and talents to God’s work.

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” – 2 Corinthians 9:7

Pray and ask God to show you where He wants you to serve in your local church. And then do it faithfully and cheerfully.

– Luis Josephus

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Was Christopher Columbus Jewish?

Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus

I recently came across the following article on the Spanish website www.Semana.com. 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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FOR FURTHER STUDY:

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sss1BTQFPYY

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”

https://yehudafm.wordpress.com/2010/12/09/the-cuban-connection-israel

¿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.

http://www.semana.com/gente/colon-judio/159526-3.aspx

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’).
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Christian Mercy & Kindness

Mercy n Kindness

What did Jesus teach us about mercy and kindness?

In the Beatitudes He said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy, God’s favor, and a life filled with joy and satisfaction.” – Matthew 5:7

He taught us to be merciful and kind towards others, no matter their station in life, their racial difference, or religious beliefs. The word merciful in the original Greek text means actively compassionate. Examine your motives: If you’re helping someone and expecting something in return, you’re doing business, not kindness.

As Christians, we must always remember that since we have obtained God’s mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ, shouldn’t we also extend the same grace to all we encounter in our lives everyday?

God wishes that none should perish, but that all should reach repentance and saving faith in Jesus. We are His ambassadors. One of the best ways we can best draw people to the true and living God is to show mercy and compassion in practical ways – like feeding and clothing the poor, encouraging the hurting, lending a hand to the needy, or offering some other act of kindness – expecting nothing in return from them.

Those Christians who are the most effective witnesses for Christ are those who not only witness in word, but also in action and good deeds.

Pray and ask Jesus to give you opportunities today to be merciful and kind to everyone you meet. In turn, you will receive God’s favor, and a life filled with joy and satisfaction.

– Luis Josephus

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