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Mon Mar 12, 2012, 03:56 AM

Jews of Majorca reconnect with their roots

By Daniel Silva | AFP 1 hr 47 mins ago

Centuries after his ancestors were forced to convert to Roman Catholicism, Antonio Pina could still find signs of his family's Jewish origins in his grandmother's kitchen.

As a child he was puzzled that she had separate plates for some foods and used chicken fat instead of pork fat when cooking meals.

When, as an adult years later, he set out to find out why, the 60-year-old chef embarked on the long path to converting to Judaism.

"I like to say that I discovered my faith through pots and pans," he said as he stood in the kitchen of the modest synagogue in Palma on the island of Majorca where he prepares kosher meals for the local Jewish community.

More: http://news.yahoo.com/jews-majorca-reconnect-roots-060758596.html

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