History: Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 1929 – 1968 #MLK

Shalom, everyone! We remember the life of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was the "Moses" of our time. Through his selfless service and sacrifice, we enjoy freedoms today that were unthinkable only 50+ years ago. Though we have come a long way since the Civil Rights era, we still have a far way … Continue reading History: Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 1929 – 1968 #MLK

Holidays: August Mawnin’ – August 1st – Emancipation Day

Shalom, everyone! The holiday of August Mawnin' or Emancipation Day is celebrated each year throughout the former colonies of the British West Indies (English-speaking Caribbean) on the 1st of August on the Gregorian calendar. The holiday commemorates the abolition of slavery throughout the British Empire as a result of the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833, effective  August 1, 1834. … Continue reading Holidays: August Mawnin’ – August 1st – Emancipation Day

Holidays: Juneteenth – June 19th – A Day of Remembrance

Shalom, everyone! The holiday of Juneteenth, Juneteenth Independence Day, or Freedom Day is observed each year in the African-American community on the 19th day of June on the Gregorian calendar. The holiday commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas and the Confederate States of America. The word "Juneteenth" … Continue reading Holidays: Juneteenth – June 19th – A Day of Remembrance

WATCH: Israeli Languages & Dialects – The Chronicles of Ehav Ever (2009)

Shalom, everyone! The following is part one of a lecture given in 2009 by Ehav Ever about the various dialects and writing scripts of the Israeli national language, Hebrew, among the various ethnic groups of Bnei Yisrael. Hebrew is an Afro-Asiatic language, but has various dialects developed from fusions with the local languages of the … Continue reading WATCH: Israeli Languages & Dialects – The Chronicles of Ehav Ever (2009)

WATCH: Israeli National Identity – The Chronicles of Ehav Ever (2009)

Shalom, everyone! The following is part one of a lecture given in 2009 by Ehav Ever about the Israeli national identity, which is very diverse. Ehav Ever briefly discusses the many races and ethnic groups that form the population of Bnei Yisrael living in the State of Israel today. The Bnei Yisrael are a diverse … Continue reading WATCH: Israeli National Identity – The Chronicles of Ehav Ever (2009)

WATCH: Jewish Migrations into West Africa – Part 2 – The Chronicles of Ehav Ever (2009)

Shalom, everyone! The following is part one of a lecture given in 2009 by Ehav Ever about Jewish migrations into West Africa. This lecture provides an overview of the sources of Jewish migration into West Africa from the 13th to the 18th centuries. These communities include Sephardi Jews who migrated into Cape Verde, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, … Continue reading WATCH: Jewish Migrations into West Africa – Part 2 – The Chronicles of Ehav Ever (2009)

WATCH: Jewish Migrations into West Africa – Part 1 – The Chronicles of Ehav Ever (2009)

Shalom, everyone! The following is part one of a lecture given in 2009 by Ehav Ever about Jewish migrations into West Africa. This lecture provides an overview of the sources of Jewish migration into West Africa since the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem by the Romans. These Bnei Yisrael form a part of the … Continue reading WATCH: Jewish Migrations into West Africa – Part 1 – The Chronicles of Ehav Ever (2009)

WATCH: Jews of West Africa: Past, Present & Future – Professor William F. S. Miles (2015)

Shalom, everyone! The following is a lecture by Professor William F. S. Miles called "Jews of West Africa: Past, Present & Future," given at the Boston University African Studies Center in 2013. Professor Miles is a professor of political science at Northeastern University. This is a lecture about the history and current conditions of the Jews of … Continue reading WATCH: Jews of West Africa: Past, Present & Future – Professor William F. S. Miles (2015)

WATCH: Falasha: The Saga of Ethiopian Jewry – Steve Benzell

Shalom, everyone! The following is a documentary called "Falasha: The Saga of Ethiopian Jewry," written, directed and produced by Steve Benzell. This documentary provides an overview of the history of Beta Israel, a/k/a the Ethiopian Jews, their religious practices, and customs.  Also included in this documentary is rare film footage of the Beta Israel community in … Continue reading WATCH: Falasha: The Saga of Ethiopian Jewry – Steve Benzell

WATCH: Elysha Netsarh of Madagascar at the Jewish Museum of Florida – FIU – Kulanu (2016)

Shalom, everyone! The following is a lecture by Dr. Elysha Netsarh of the Bnei Yisrael community of Madagascar given on December 5, 2016 at the Jewish Museum of Florida at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Dr. Netsarh is a leader of the Bnei Yisrael community in Madagascar. In this lecture, Dr. Netsarh discusses her and … Continue reading WATCH: Elysha Netsarh of Madagascar at the Jewish Museum of Florida – FIU – Kulanu (2016)

WATCH: “The Jewish Kingdom of Kush” – Beta Israel (Ethiopian Jewish) History – Documentary – Ibrahim Omer

Shalom, everyone! The following is a documentary about the ancient Jewish Kingdom of Kush, presented in 2013 by researcher Ibrahim Omer at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey in Monterey, California. The research supports the theory that the Ethiopian Jewish (Beta Israel) community are direct descendants of the tribe of Dan, Israelites who once ruled the ancient … Continue reading WATCH: “The Jewish Kingdom of Kush” – Beta Israel (Ethiopian Jewish) History – Documentary – Ibrahim Omer

Origins: The Canaanites: The Children of Seir

Shalom, everyone! The following is a diagram of the Canaanite family of Seir son of Hur, son of Hivi, son of Canaan, son of Ham, based upon the accounts of the Book of Genesis (Bereshith) in the Tanakh, the Book of Jasher, and the Book of Jubilees. Please click twice on the diagram to expand … Continue reading Origins: The Canaanites: The Children of Seir

Origins: The Family of Abraham: The Keturites – Descendants of Abraham and Keturah

Shalom, everyone! The following is a diagram of the family of Abraham, the Keturites, descendants of Abraham and his third wife Keturah, based upon the accounts of the Book of Genesis (Bereshith) in the Tanakh, the Book of Jasher, and the Book of Jubilees. Please click twice on the diagram to expand to full size: … Continue reading Origins: The Family of Abraham: The Keturites – Descendants of Abraham and Keturah

Origins: The Family of Abraham: The Edomites – Descendants of Esau

Shalom, everyone! The following is a diagram of the family of Abraham, the Edomites, descendants of Esau son of Isaac, son of Abraham, based upon the accounts of the Book of Genesis (Bereshith) in the Tanakh, the Book of Jasher, and the Book of Jubilees. Please click twice on the diagram to expand to full … Continue reading Origins: The Family of Abraham: The Edomites – Descendants of Esau

Origins: The Family of Abraham: The Ishmaelites – Descendants of Abraham and Hagar

Shalom, everyone! The following is a diagram of the family of Abraham, the Ishmaelites, descendants of Abraham and his second wife Hagar, based upon the accounts of the Book of Genesis (Bereshith) in the Tanakh, the Book of Jasher, and the Book of Jubilees. Please click twice on the diagram to expand to full size: … Continue reading Origins: The Family of Abraham: The Ishmaelites – Descendants of Abraham and Hagar

Origins: The Family of Abraham: From Jacob to Moses

Shalom, everyone! The following is a diagram of the family of Abraham, from his grandson Jacob to the latter's great-great grandson Moses, based upon the accounts of the Book of Genesis (Bereshith) in the Tanakh, the Book of Jasher, and the Book of Jubilees. Please click twice on the diagram to expand to full size: The Family of … Continue reading Origins: The Family of Abraham: From Jacob to Moses

Origins: The Family of Abraham: From Terah to Jacob

Shalom, everyone! The following is a diagram of the family of Abraham, from his father Terah to the latter's great-grandson Jacob, based upon the accounts of the Book of Genesis (Bereshith) in the Tanakh, the Book of Jasher, and the Book of Jubilees. Please click twice on the diagram to expand to full size: The Family of Abraham: … Continue reading Origins: The Family of Abraham: From Terah to Jacob

Origins: The Generations of Noah: The Sons of Ham

Shalom, everyone! The following is a diagram of the generations of Noah (Noach), from his son Ham to his third great-grandson Sodom, based upon the accounts of the Book of Genesis (Bereshith) in the Tanakh, the Book of Jasher, and the Book of Jubilees. The descendants of Ham are known as “Hamites,” “Chamites” or “Hamitic” in the English language. Please click twice on the diagram to expand to full size: The Generations of Noah: … Continue reading Origins: The Generations of Noah: The Sons of Ham