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Israel Seeks to End Ancient African Jewish Custom
AP via Biloxi-Gulfport Sun Herald ^ | 1/18/12 | Daniel Estrin

Posted on 01/18/2012 9:35:37 AM PST by marshmallow

ASHKELON, Israel -- Israel is closing the books on a rare millennia-old Jewish tradition.

Nearly three decades after Israel began airlifting Ethiopia's ancient Jewish community out of the Horn of Africa, Israel's rabbis are now working to phase out the community's white-turbaned clergy, the kessoch, whose unusual religious practices are at odds with the rabbinate's Orthodox Judaism.

The effort has added to the sense of discrimination felt by Israel's 120,000 Ethiopian citizens. These sentiments boiled over this month after a group of landlords in the southern town of Kiryat Malachi refused to accept Ethiopians as tenants.The move has prompted large protests, including a gathering outside parliament on Wednesday that drew more than 1,000 young immigrants and other supporters.

Kess Semai Elias, 42, said the recent reports of discrimination add to his and other Ethiopian Jewish spiritual leaders' dismay and feelings that they are not welcome.

"We are just like all the other Jews. We don't have any other religion," he said.

Descendants of the lost Israelite tribe of Dan, according to Jewish lore, Ethiopian Jews spent millennia isolated from the rest of the Jewish world. In most Jewish communities, the priesthood of the Bible was replaced by rabbis who emphasized text study and prayer. Ethiopia's Jewish kessoch continued the traditions of Biblical-era priests, sacrificing animals and collecting the first fruits of the harvest.

The two traditions diverged so much that the first trickle of Ethiopian Jewish immigrants to Israel were asked to undergo a quickened conversion ceremony to appease rabbis who were dubious about their religious pedigree.

When Israeli clandestine operations rescued large groups of Ethiopian Jews from war and famine in the 1980s and early 1990s, a rabbinic consensus was reached and the newcomers did not have to convert - except for a group known as the Falash Mura.........

(Excerpt) Read more at sunherald.com ...


TOPICS: History; Judaism; Theology
KEYWORDS: ethiopia; falashmura; godsgravesglyphs; helixmakemineadouble; israel; jews; judaism; kessoch; kiryatmalachi; priests
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1 posted on 01/18/2012 9:35:41 AM PST by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

“Descendants of the lost Israelite tribe of Dan, according to Jewish lore, Ethiopian Jews spent millennia isolated from the rest of the Jewish world. In most Jewish communities, the priesthood of the Bible was replaced by rabbis who emphasized text study and prayer. Ethiopia’s Jewish kessoch continued the traditions of Biblical-era priests, sacrificing animals and collecting the first fruits of the harvest. “

anyone have any perspective on this to offer?


2 posted on 01/18/2012 9:43:04 AM PST by WoofDog123
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To: MestaMachine; Zionist Conspirator

I visited Israel in 1991, and remember admiring Israel for airlifting them in.

Comments?


3 posted on 01/18/2012 9:54:54 AM PST by ROTB (Christian sin breeds enemies for the USA. If you're a Christian, stop sinning, and spread the Word..)
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To: WoofDog123

I contend that most of these Africans are not Jews at all. This was a typical left-wing “Jewish guilt” move to bring in blacks to make the Labor party and Commie kibbutzniks feels morally superior.


4 posted on 01/18/2012 9:56:06 AM PST by montag813
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5 posted on 01/18/2012 9:59:50 AM PST by Albion Wilde (A land of hyper-legalisms is not the same as a land of law. --Mark Steyn)
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To: marshmallow

I was watching a show about the Judaic Christians of Ethiopia the other day. They’re Christan but hold firmly to a lot of Jewish traditions and rites.


6 posted on 01/18/2012 10:00:47 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: marshmallow

Sammy won't be happy.

7 posted on 01/18/2012 10:01:51 AM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: montag813

It would be more helpful if you could prove or disprove your contention.


8 posted on 01/18/2012 10:03:32 AM PST by old school
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To: marshmallow

9 posted on 01/18/2012 10:20:45 AM PST by pabianice (")
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To: old school

I can’t nor do I have the resources to prove it, but I am sure I saw on the news quite a few years back that Israel was not letting them into the country because DNA tests showed they were not related to Jews.

Of course I think one can be converted to Judaism, not that I am up on that either.

I also recall Israel basically bowing to world pressure and letting them in, also quite a few years back.


10 posted on 01/18/2012 10:22:27 AM PST by yarddog
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To: cripplecreek

Anyone with sufficient chutzpah to identify themselves as Jewish in this world that hates us is Jewish to me as an Israeli.*

++++++++++

These guys live in Ashkelon, which is ground zero for the crap thrown at us from arab-occupied Judea. They’re tough, smart, and fill an important economic niche.

Plus, as a religious Jew, 99% of the children undergo a formal Orthodox conversion as part of IDF training (just like Russian Jews of uncertain lineage), which resolves all doubts in my mind.

* paraphrase of David BG


11 posted on 01/18/2012 10:30:49 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: yarddog

Assuming they are Jewish by blood, instead of conversion, perhaps either males or females from Israel, many years ago, intermarried with Ethiopians. Therefore, neither the maternal or the paternal line should match. The autosomal DNA would be the way to go, except it is generally good for just hundreds of years of ancestry, not thousands. So, this is a case, where DNA may not help prove. I may be wrong in my understanding, but have read a bunch in past few months (as I had all my lines tested).


12 posted on 01/18/2012 10:32:02 AM PST by PghBaldy (War Powers Res: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/warpower.asp)
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To: Jewbacca
Anyone with sufficient chutzpah to identify themselves as Jewish in this world that hates us is Jewish to me as an Israeli.

Yeah I kind of look at it the same way with various Christan sects in that part of the world. It takes true faith and that's good enough for me.
13 posted on 01/18/2012 10:37:34 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: PghBaldy

Genetically, they are at least partially semetic, if not necessarily Jewish maternally (which is what matters).

But they practice a form of Judaism, and they certainly convert to make it “kosher.”


14 posted on 01/18/2012 10:52:23 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: montag813

Give me a break. The Ethiopian Jews practice a form of Judaism that is far older than the Rabinnical Judaism practiced by the white Jews.

Tradition suggests that Ethiopian Judaism was brought to Ethiopia by the Queen of Sheba.
http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/ejtime.html

Rabinnical Judaism descends from Pharisaism, and developed much later.


15 posted on 01/18/2012 11:04:45 AM PST by rzman21
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Give me a break. The Ethiopian Jews practice a form of Judaism that is far older than the Rabinnical Judaism practiced by the white Jews.

DNA each one of them. Period.

16 posted on 01/18/2012 11:21:21 AM PST by montag813
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To: rzman21

Contrary to what everyone knows, the Queen of Sheba was from South Yemen, not modern day Ethiopia which is also not the same as ancient Ethiopia which was closer to Libya.


17 posted on 01/18/2012 11:56:31 AM PST by yarddog
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To: marshmallow

I have been under the impression that the tribe of Dan went to Europe and became Germany and Gaul.


18 posted on 01/18/2012 2:20:30 PM PST by guitarplayer1953 (Grammar & spelling maybe wrong, get over it, the world will not come to an end!)
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19 posted on 01/19/2012 5:33:13 AM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims¬óDoing the jobs Native Americans wouldn't do !)
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To: guitarplayer1953

Nope.

Genetically, he only Europeans with a dash of semite in them are the Spanish, Portugese, and Italians -— something like 1/4 of Italians are of Jewish descent.

There were a bunch of theories like this (cheifly about the Irish because of our shared tendancy to have red hair) over the years. Very trendy in the 1800s.


20 posted on 01/19/2012 7:55:04 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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