about the family
The Abisrrors come from the south-east of Peru, the
amazonie to be more precise. That part of Peru is all covered with vegetation
and it’s full of wild animals and mosquitos. Piranhas are waiting
all the time under the water for you to go swim so they can bite you.
He he, not quite, those are cliques. We would explain it in detail but
this text has not that purpose. The purpose is to tell about the Abisrror
So, it was there in the amazonie where the adventurous Moshe Abisror,
a Moroccan Jewish tradesman, arrived in the year 1897. He came from the
harbor of Tangier, Morocco. He went to the new world looking for new opportunities.
Rubber was by that time very precious. And before those Asian plantations
of rubber tree destroyed the South-American market, Peru, Brazil and other
countries like Venezuela were very attractive rubber places. He might
have had arrived in the harbor of Iquitos, from where he went deeper into
the jungle to get the precious merchandise.
The town of Contamana (founded in 1807), between Iquitos and Pucallpa
was a key point for rubber merchants. That is the place where Moshe is
registered for the first time as far as we know. There is an official
document about the approbation of the Ucayali province in the State of
Loreto with date 13th October 1900. That document was signed by many important
people who were living in Contamana by that time. The name Moisés
Bizrol appears in that document. It is known that Moshe Abisror could
not speak and read Spanish very well, so he signed in where it was supposed
to be his name but the secretary who wrote his name seemingly didn’t
write it correctly cause there is no other trace before and after that
day of a Moshe Bizrol or of a Bizrol at all.
Moshe Abisror had 3 kids with some woman we have no
registry. It could be that the woman was left in Morocco and the kids
were Moroccan. We are not sure, but this we know: The eldest was José;
the second had no name… Of course he had a name! But we don’t
know. The third was Fortunata. We know that Fortunata left her descendants
in the region of Puerto Maldonado, Peru. When did she go to live there,
is unknown. What we know is that Moshe Abisror took both sons one day
to get some rubber and the ship they were traveling with sunk. Both boys
died and Moshe could be saved. At that moment his life started to change.
One catastrophe fallowed the other till he died old, alone and sick in
a little town called Santa Rosa, near Contamana. Another catastrophe was
the lost of his rubber store houses –three big store houses–
later on in Puerto Maldonado.
Fortunately, there was some light among those bad years.
He met some cool looking hot Peruvian girl. We don’t know her name
of course but her last name was Pizango. He wanted to marry this girl
but they were not allowed to get married. He was Jewish and she was Catholic.
No one would marry them. The catholic priest even cursed that union and
said they will never be happy – sick guy! – . But happily,
as always in such passionate love stories they didn’t care. They
got together anyway and had 4 wonderful kids against all means. That’s
where my grandfather Moisés Abisrror comes into play. He was the
first fruit of that love story. The second was a girl, her name: Myriam
Abisrror. The third was again a boy, Abraham Abisrror. Last but not less,
Sarah Abisrror, who, according to some resent data, might be ALIVE and
living in Cali, Colombia. We are looking for her and hope to find some
But… wait a second… Did you notice that?
Yeah! Exactly, the name changed. It was first one R before the O and now
there are two (RR). Very good, you’re very good observers. No, it
was no mistake. At some point, the name got changed. Why? Well, we ignore
the exact reason for that. We think that it was because of the pronunciation.
Abisror (one R) sounds not so cool in Spanish. So they changed it because
two is sometimes better than one. Yeah! That behavior seems to be typical
on male Abisrrors as we will see later on…
Now seriously, Abisrror with two R’s is closer in Spanish to the
original Hebrew pronunciation rather than Abisror with one R. That might
have been the reason for the change.
Fortunata Abisrror, the first daughter of Moshe Abisror
from Morocco, was living in Puerto Maldonado, Peru where the father had
his house and store houses. We have been told that her descendants are
living there. We have no communication with them. Fortunata changed the
name again from Abisrror to Bisrol. Why would she do something like that?
Moisés, who used to follow his father to the
synagogue the Jewish tradesmen built in a little town called Inahuaya,
kept the Jewish religion. He remained in the jungle like his father. He
was not fond of cities. Not even big towns. He kept living in little places
between Iquitos and Pucallpa, like San Roque where he was buried. Unfortunately
his tomb was taken by the Ucayali River which is of course not canalized
like the rivers in big cities and now and then takes houses, roads, bridges,
chickens, etc and seemingly also tombs.
Moisés married a girl called Amalia Tuesta. We don’t know
how many children they had together but after a while Moisés, who
was known to be a “Don Juan” married another girl called Dolores
Guerra (my grandmother. After Dolores came Petronila Lomas. Finally, he
married Rosalina Segura.
Moisés Abisrror had with all his wives at least
15 children. Those were of course the official ones. It’s said that
at some point you could go to some little towns in the jungle where the
surname of all young people was Abisrror. The responsible for that was
of course the famous Moisés Abisrror who not only could play the
guitar and enchant the girls with soft music but also was very handsome
Most of his descendants are living now in Pucallpa, Peru.
What was his profession? He used married people at the city hall in San
Roque. Seems that marriage was something that fascinated him a lot!
The second child of Moshe Abisror, Myriam, married
a guy of surname Arévalo and her descendants are living in Pucallpa,
The third child, Abraham stayed and died in Contamana.
His descendants are living in Contamana and other places like Holanda.
Not Holland in Europe of course but a little town near Contamana. He he,
Sarah, the little one married a Colombian guy who died
soon and then married another guy of surname Urrutia. As written before,
it’s said that Sarah is living in Cali, Colombia. We are looking
for her. It’s difficult to find her or her children since they don’t
carry the name Abisrror as first name.
the Origin of the name
The surname Abisror comes from a guy in the Bible called
Sror. He is named in the First book of Samuel, chapter 9. Verse 1: «There
was a man of Benjamin's tribe, named Kich, son of Aviel, son of Tseror...»
That guy was none other than the great-grandfather of Saul, the first
king of Israel. Cool stuff!
Abisror then means: My father is Sror. Sror means something like: Sunbeam
that shines trough the clouds.
Others provide a different explanation. "Sror"
would be a distortion of "Srara" that means «authority».
In that version, forebears of the Abisrors, or «father of the authority»,
would have occupied high places in the community: rabbis or ritual sacrificers.
The most accurate version is the first. So, the first
Abisror came from Jerusalem where they were great and respected people.
One day some guys found out that making Jewish people lives’ difficult
was funny, so the Jewish persecution and mistreating started. The Egyptians,
the Romans, the Spaniards, the Germans and so on... They all had their
fun prosecuting and blaming Jewish people for problems they where not
responsible for. So, what did Abisrors do when these problems arrived?
Easy, they said: no way gee! I’m not staying here. Not a chance!
They saw the danger come and left to other peaceful place. Then the peaceful
place became dangerous, so they left again. Very clever! Isn’t it?
For that reason there are descendants even in little towns like San Roque,
Inahuaya, Holanda, etc in Peru.
The places where there are Abisrors in the world so
far we know are:
- Brazil and
variations of the name
There are variations of the name all over the north
of Africa. Those variations are historically connected to each other.
In Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia you find the name "Serror ".
More precisely, the "Serors", "Serour", "Soror"
and company are found in Algeria and Tunisia. The "Abisrors",
"Bisror" or "Abiserors" would always find their origins
in Algeria but also in Morocco. Finally, impossible to be mistaken the
"Bicherours" come from the Sahara. The place of origin of the
Abisrors is the Syrian city of Bousra.
The first known AbeÇeror is mentioned in a notarial
act established in Tudela (Spain) in 1190. As celebrities, it is necessary
to signal two big rabbies of Algiers, Chlomo Seror (XVII century) and
his grandson Rafael Yedidiah Chlomo (1681-1737), author of Péné
Tsadik, published by his pupil Yehouda Ayashi, in Livorno, in 1748. Finally,
most adventurous Abisrors are, without dispute, the rabbi Moroccan Mordekhaï
Abisror, that passionate geographer, crossed in 1857 the Sahara before
joining Timbuktu. The same Mordekhaï Abisror is the one who helped
Charles of Foucault to explore Morocco secretly after having advised him
to disguise as Rabbi to pass unobserved.