Was Miguel de Cervantes a Crypto-Jew?

The debate regarding whether the great writer  Miguel de Cervantes, the author of Don Quixote, had a Converso background and was even a Crypto-Jew continues in an article in the FORWARD.

Was Miguel de Cervantes a Crypto-Jew?

The article titled “The Secret Jewish History of Don Quixote and Miguel de Cervantes surveys the opinions of various scholars how have investigated the Cervantes and his most notable work.


Whether Cervantes was a Converso or not ,it is clear that his knowledge of Judaism was fairly extensive.

For more discussion on whether Cervantes was from a Converso background, read another blog post titled Did Cervantes’ Family Have Jewish Roots?

Posted  Rabbi Juan Bejarano-Gutierrez the director of the B’nei Anusim Center for Education and author of What is Kosher?

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Rabbi Juan Bejarano-Gutierrez is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas where he earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering. He studied at the Siegal College of Judaic Studies in Cleveland and received a Master of Arts Degree with Distinction in Judaic Studies. He completed his doctoral studies at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago in 2015. His doctoral dissertation is titled “Complex Identities: Christian and Jewish Attitudes Towards Conversos” and was accepted in September 2015. He also studied at the American Seminary for Contemporary Judaism and received rabbinic ordination in 2011 from Yeshiva Mesilat Yesharim.