Making a jewish life from the heart
And too often these Jews have been excluded in certain circumstances by more restrictive Communities, or have been forced to undergo' a full conversion as if they were not counted as Jews. It is actually sad, to think of the destiny they had to undergo' and the misfortune which occurred for a very long period of time more than 350 years, during the Inquisition. Recent studies have proved the presence of at least 40% Jews in South Italy during Inquisition times, the majority of them being already expelled from Spain as Christianos Nuevos, where only the minority of them could flee abroad and return openly Jewish, and were many of them moved to Salonicco, Izmir, Rodi the Americas, and North Europe. The remaining ones, often too poor to restart a new life, had to opt for remaining in the country and still be descendant of Christianos Nuevos, with all the traditions typical of these groups' of Jews.