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Jewish Stories for a Lost Tribe of Israel
Israel National News ^ | 15:23 Dec 17, '04 / 5 Tevet 5765

Posted on 12/18/2004 4:58:04 PM PST by yonif

For the first time, members of a Lost Tribe of Israel in northeastern India will be able to read about great Jewish figures from the Talmud in their native tongue.

The Shavei Israel organization, a Jerusalem-based group which assists “lost Jews” seeking to return to the Jewish people, has just published a collection of stories about Jewish sages in the Mizo language, which is spoken by the Bnei Menashe in the Indian state of Mizoram.

The Bnei Menashe claim descent from the lost tribe of Manasseh, who were exiled from the Land of Israel by the Assyrians over 2,700 years ago. Some 800 Bnei Menashe have made aliyah to Israel in recent years, and another 7,000 are still in India.

The book, called “Juda Thawnthu” (“Jewish stories”) was compiled by Bnei Menashe scholar Allenby Sela, who serves as principal of the Shavei Israel Hebrew Center in Mizoram’s capital, Aizawl. It contains dozens of stories highlighting ancient Jewish personalities such as Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, with an emphasis on the importance of being charitable, loving one’s fellow Jew and having faith in G-d.

“The publication of this book is part of our ongoing efforts to reach out to the Bnei Menashe and assist them with their return to the Jewish people,” said Shavei Israel’s Chairman, Michael Freund.

“Stories are among the most powerful of educational tools, as they have the ability to reach different people regardless of their age or level of knowledge. We hope that the Bnei Menashe will draw strength from these stories about our people’s greatest figures, and that they will gain a deeper understanding of Jewish history and its significance,” he said.

Through its team of emissaries, Shavei Israel operates two Jewish educational centers in India for the Bnei Menashe, where they study Hebrew and Jewish tradition and learn about life in Israel.

For more information, contact: office@shavei.org.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: israel; losttribes; simchajacobovici; tenlosttribes

1 posted on 12/18/2004 4:58:05 PM PST by yonif
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To: yonif

http://www.jta.org/page_view_story.asp?intarticleid=12224&intcategoryid=1


2 posted on 12/18/2004 5:13:46 PM PST by hlmencken3 ("...politics is a religion substitute for liberals and they can't stand the competition")
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To: yonif

Thats a unique way for Third Worlders to immigrate--claim to be a lost tribe of Israel. If they can claim Israeli citizenship, they can get an Israeli passport. With an Israeli passport, they can probably get to any country in the West (well, maybe not France).


3 posted on 12/18/2004 5:29:56 PM PST by rbg81
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Did Israel's Lost Tribes end up in Afghanistan?
Reuters ^ | 03 FEB 2002 | Tom Heneghan
Posted on 02/02/2002 9:22:59 PM PST by CommiesOut
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/620860/posts


4 posted on 12/18/2004 7:40:07 PM PST by SunkenCiv ("All I have seen teaches me trust the Creator for all I have not seen." -- Emerson)
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To: yonif
Quest For The Lost Tribes dir by Simcha Jacobovici has a segment about this possible "lost tribe".

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5 posted on 12/18/2004 7:41:39 PM PST by SunkenCiv ("All I have seen teaches me trust the Creator for all I have not seen." -- Emerson)
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To: rbg81

It's not that easy to prove. They won't be considered a lost tribe unless the rabbis of Israel agree. The Ethiopian tribes kept much of the heritage of Jewish life and their customs were studied by the rabbis. Another lost tribe, aside from these in India, might be the Pashtuns of Pakistan and Afganistan. They number some 25 million! Although they are moslem, they pray towards Jerusalem not to mecca. They bake bread on Fridays and light candles on Friday, and their ancient cemetaries (from the 1400's) have headstones engraved in Hebrew.


6 posted on 12/20/2004 9:09:45 AM PST by monkeyshine
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To: SunkenCiv

see this link for more

http://www.dangoor.com/74069.html


7 posted on 12/20/2004 9:17:06 AM PST by monkeyshine
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To: monkeyshine

Thanks for that link.


8 posted on 12/20/2004 10:05:02 AM PST by SunkenCiv ("All I have seen teaches me trust the Creator for all I have not seen." -- Emerson)
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To: SunkenCiv

You're welcome.


9 posted on 12/20/2004 11:30:20 AM PST by monkeyshine
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