I began my journey to create Real Embrace Portugal in 2012 when I realized that I wanted to give people a day-by-day experience of Portugal. From Portuguese history and culture to Jewish Heritage, and it’s impact on Portugal. Because of this impact, the Portuguese culture is an exciting one. and learning about the past, and old traditions. Through my tours, you can see how they are still present in our modern daily life. So this is a testament to the longevity and relevance of our culture today.
Since then, i have discovered not only my own heritage, but that of the Jewish experience and life in Portugal. There are secret synagogues, secret use of the Kabbalah engraved on door frames and windows to name a few. But most significant of all is the current local Jewish cultures and Jews that have survived the centuries throughout Portugal. My pride in my own Jewish heritage, and that of the strong faith the Jews of Portugal have sustained, led me to the desire to share this and i created Real Embrace Portugal to fulfil this dream.
The Portuguese Jewish identity
The Portuguese Jewish heritage is more than just the history behind it! Before Portugal became a nation, there was a large nucleus of Jews, and synagogues and infrastructures to support their Jewish life. The truth is that they never stop to attend their own believes or the quest for a better life. These religious traditions were the key to survive in secrecy. This is the Jewish Portugal a secret Hebrew culture that would become, the Crypto-Judaism. A unique Jewish culture that defines the Portuguese Jews over the inquisitorial centuries.
The use of the Kabbalah
Discover the Jewish Portugal and it’s hidden gems! Experience the hidden history and the culture of the Crypto-Jews. Learn how they escape the inquisition, and kept their religious traditions century after century to the next generations! Explore with us the unique Jewish communities, the secret Synagogues. Find out how they have managed to communicate between them using the Kabbalah; numbers, letters, symbols, like secret codes engraved on the frame doors. Because these religious traditions in secrecy were always with the purpose to preserve their Jewish identity. These secret Jews started a secret Hebrew culture, the Crypto-Judaism. A unique Jewish culture that defines the Portuguese Jews over the inquisitorial centuries.
Some of these communities were hidden for more than 400th years. They have been resilient to the persecutions but still kept their faith. Marriages were done inside the community which results in handicap problems for some of the newborns.
Travelling all along this hidden legacy, through the most unexpected places is a unique chance for you to explore the Jewish Portugal. Let us guide you through a magnificent historical legacy, discovering your ancestral routes, and walk in the footsteps of your ancestors.