Could a quarter of all Latinos have Jewish ancestry?

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The percentage of Latin Americans with Jewish ancestry could be far higher than previously thought, according to a new study.

The study, published last week in Nature Communications under the title “Latin Americans show wide-spread Converso ancestry and imprint of local Native ancestry on physical appearance”, tested 6,589 Latin Americans from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru.

According to the genetic tests, approximately 23% of the sample had a statistically significant – defined by the study as more than 5% – of their ancestry coming from sources likely attributable to Sephardic Jewish heritage.

Why do so many millions of Latinos that have Jewish ancestry?

For the answer, listen to Tisha BAv 5775 The Marranos by Rabbi Michael Taubes

and The Christian Attack on Spanish Jewry and the Jewishness of the Marranos by Rabbi David Berger

and The Marranos of Spain- Difficult Decisions and Their Halachik Ramifications by Rabbi Josh Blass