06 March 2010

Lost Jewish tribe found... in Zimbabwe

They do not eat pork, they practise male circumcision, they ritually slaughter their animals, some of their men wear skull caps and they put the Star of David on their gravestones.  Their oral traditions claim that their ancestors were Jews who fled the Holy Land about 2,500 years ago.

It may sound like another myth of a lost tribe of Israel, but British scientists have carried out DNA tests which confirm their Semitic origin. 
More details at the BBC.  This is not actually "news" in that the origins have been postulated for a long time, as elucidated at Wikipedia.


  1. :D
    How nice. Let's hope they receive at least as much assistance (and both groups more) as the Ethiopian Jews.
    --From what I know (admittedly not much), the immigration to Israel of the Ethopian Jews is rather limited, and the process both difficult and slow.

  2. I just finished reading a book called "The Girl from Foreign" by Sadia Shepherd about the Jews of India.

    It wasn't the best book in the world in terms of writing but it was a nice read. Shepherd spent a great deal of time addressing the number of Indian Jews making aliyah.


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