The first YouTube video is about the Chinese descendants of the Kaifeng Jews of China returning to Israel. Three Chinese women living in Israel wait at the airport for their arrival. Several years earlier, these women went through a similar experience when they arrived from China.
All of the Chinese, those arriving and those already in Israel, are descendants of the Jewish community in Kaifeng, China, that was established either during the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), or earlier during the Tang Dynasty (618-907), and some argue it may have been even earlier.
Michael Freund, Chairman of Shavei Israel, talks about the Kaifeng Jews and how they lost their identity through assimilation. What’s left of that Chinese Jewish community has made great efforts to hold onto their Jewish identity. Now, many of the Kaifeng Jewish descendants are reconnecting with their Jewish roots.
The Shavei organization has been guiding and supporting the descendants of the Kaifeng’s Jewish community for several years, and Kaifeng Jews have traveled to Israel to study Hebrew and the Jewish culture. After arriving in Israel, the Kaifeng Jews went straight from the airport to the Western Wall.
Another lost Israeli tribe, the Bnei Menashe, were discovered in India—a fascinating story.
Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of My Splendid Concubine [3rd edition]. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. This is the love story Sir Robert Hart did not want the world to discover.
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