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Churachandpur, India - Lost Tribe Of Bnei Menashe In Northeastern India Lights Candles To Celebrate Chanukah

Published on: December 7, 2015 04:32 PM
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Photo credit: Courtesy of Shavei Israel.Photo credit: Courtesy of Shavei Israel.

Churachandpur, India - Hundreds of members of the Bnei Menashe community from across northeastern India gathered yesterday in the town of Churachandpur in the Indian state of Manipur to celebrate Chanukah and light the traditional candles.

“The story of the Maccabees’ heroic determination to preserve their Jewish identity under the most trying of circumstances is one that resonates very strongly with the Bnei Menashe, for they too have made enormous efforts down through the centuries to cling to their faith and that of their ancestors,” said Shavei Israel Chairman and Founder Michael Freund. “Even in far-off Manipur, the flame of Jewish survival continues to burn brightly.”

The Bnei Menashe are descendants of the tribe of Manasseh, one of the Ten Lost Tribes exiled from the Land of Israel more than 2,700 years ago by the Assyrian empire. So far, some 3,000 Bnei Menashe have made aliyah thanks to Shavei Israel, and another 7,000 are still in India waiting for the chance to return home to Zion.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Shavei Israel.Photo credit: Courtesy of Shavei Israel.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Shavei Israel.Photo credit: Courtesy of Shavei Israel.

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 Dec 07, 2015 at 05:22 PM Logical_Abe Says:

Very touching. The pintele yid all over the world. Halevai we should be zocheh to see the 10 Lost Tribes.

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 Dec 07, 2015 at 05:44 PM HankM Says:

It's incredible! They've kept the mesorah for 2000 years, basically isolated from the rest of Klal Yisrael! Mashiach is clearly on our doorstep and we need him more than every in this sick, Islamic world

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 Dec 07, 2015 at 07:11 PM Logical_Abe Says:

Is there a youtube of their Chanukah singing? Could you please upload it here?

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 Dec 07, 2015 at 07:55 PM ConcernedMember Says:

How beautiful. Thanks for sharing this.

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 Dec 07, 2015 at 08:08 PM Heeb Says:

So beautiful!!!

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 Dec 07, 2015 at 09:52 PM Esther Says:

Reply to #2  
HankM Says:

It's incredible! They've kept the mesorah for 2000 years, basically isolated from the rest of Klal Yisrael! Mashiach is clearly on our doorstep and we need him more than every in this sick, Islamic world

Please google Bnai Menashe as I just did. These people haven't kept the mesorah at all.They have some fables and songs which can be construed as having Jewish origins. They have no m iddle eastern DNA and they're tribes were head hunters and then Christians.

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 Dec 08, 2015 at 09:00 AM Anominous Says:

To be honest, I am much more worried about intermarriage with the Russian gentiles in Israel, with mamzerim from improper get, and from over 70% marriages with gentiles in diaspora, than if these people are really Jewish or not. When Moschiach comes, we will get these issues solved.

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 Dec 08, 2015 at 10:47 AM Esther Says:

Reply to #7  
Anominous Says:

To be honest, I am much more worried about intermarriage with the Russian gentiles in Israel, with mamzerim from improper get, and from over 70% marriages with gentiles in diaspora, than if these people are really Jewish or not. When Moschiach comes, we will get these issues solved.

If even one of these people,without ger k'halacha,were to marry a Jew cv's,that would be a huge problem. It also casts huge doubts over Michael Freund's organization.

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