ETHIOPIA (VINnews) — People tend to know much about what they are familiar with, and unless something happens to hit the media, or a book written about it, little to perhaps nothing is known about the topic.
In the U.S., up until the early 1980’s when it was all over the media, as they were being airlifted to Israel and even today, there are people who do not know that there are Jews in Ethiopia, and even that there are practicing Jews. When people ask where Ethiopian Jews originate from, there are theories that believe Ethiopian Jews come from Shevet Dan; Dan who was one of the 12 sons of our forefather, Yaakov Avinu. Some believe that they even come from the lost tribe of Dan. We are going to get a clear account today, and everything that you wanted to know about Ethiopian Jews will be answered today.
Baila Sebrow, host of The Definitive Rap Show sat down with Dr. Marla Brettschneider, Professor of Political Theory, who has written extensively on the Jewish phenomenon in sub-Saharan Africa, is the author of THE HIDDEN JEWS OF ETHIOPIA.
Dr. Brettschneider talked about Jews currently living in Ethiopia, and how it came to be that Ethiopian Jews started making Aliyah.
For Jews still living in Ethiopia, Dr. Brettschneider discussed what life is like for them and their families.
As a fun fact, Dr. Brettschneider, said that many Ethiopians believe that they are direct descendants from King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.
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