Five hundred and twenty-five Bnei Menashe olim from India — who claim they are the descendants of a lost tribe of Israel — are gearing up for their first Rosh Hashanah after moving to Israel from Manipur, India, thanks to the efforts of Pnina Tamano Shata, Minister of Aliyah and Integration:
Part of the Bnei Menashe’s preparations for the High Holidays included a Gefilte Fish tasting – a traditional dish associated with the Jewish New Year. Shavei Israel, which has lobbied for the Aliyah of the Bnei Menashe community for the past 20 years, presented the dish to the community members for the first time. Some loved the dish, while others politely declared it to be “an acquired taste.”
“After 2,700 years of exile, the descendants of the Bnei Menashe are finally returning to their ancestral homeland,” says Michael Freund, Founder, and Chairman of Shavei Israel. “There is no better time for them to begin their new lives in the land of their ancestors than the beginning of the Jewish New Year. The history of this special community, which preserved its connection to the people of Israel and the Land of Israel down through the generations, is exciting and inspiring, and I would like to wish each of them a Shanah Tova U’metuka, a good and sweet New Year, for the first time in their ancestral homeland.”
The Bnei Menashe, or sons of Manasseh claim descent from one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel, which were sent into exile by the Assyrian Empire more than 27 centuries ago. Their ancestors wandered through Central Asia and the Far East for centuries before settling in what is now northeastern India, along the borders of Burma and Bangladesh. Throughout their sojourn in exile, the Bnei Menashe continued to practice Judaism just as their ancestors did, including observing the Sabbath, keeping kosher, celebrating the festivals, and following the laws of family purity. They continued to nourish the dream of one day returning to the land of their forefathers, the Land of Israel.
Thus far, Shavei Israel has made the dream of Aliyah, immigration to Israel, possible for over 4,500 Bnei Menashe and plans to help bring more members of the community to Israel. Another 6,000 Bnei Menashe are awaiting their return to the Jewish homeland.
Today’s “Jews” — by their own admission — changed the biblical law of patrilineal descent to matrilineal descent sometime around 200 AD, which is almost 1,000 years after the Assyrian captivity.
And while some of the original Israelites in the Assyrian captivity may indeed have made their way to India, the vast majority of them migrated up through the Caucasus Mountains and west into Europe and — for the most part — maintained their racial purity by keeping themselves a separate people.
Those that migrated east, were eventually absorbed into the native population — despite clinging to some of their ancient Israelite customs — that is why modern Jews until recently have been referred to as “asiatics.”
The “family purity” laws of the ancient Israelites were very clear — the father must be an Israelite, and the mother must be either another Israelite or a pure, unmixed Adamic descendant of the original Genesis 10 nations, as was the case with the wives of Jacob’s twelve sons.
So the only way white Israelites can be the ancestors of these brown-skinned Indians is through violating the “family purity laws” and procreating with non-Adamic peoples, resulting in racial bastards (Deuteronomy 23:2).
Only through a Talmudic twist of logic — in complete defiance of Logos — could a Jew convince themselves that an obvious racial mongrel is the result of strictly adhering to “family purity laws.”
From a Jewish perspective, a racially “pure” Jew is dark-haired, dark-eyed, and olive-skinned — according to Maurice Fishberg’s Physical Anthropology Of The Jews, which appeared in the journal American Anthropologist.
In this 1903 study, Fishberg actually claims that blonde-haired, blue-eyed Jews — of which there are many — are the result of pure dark Jews race mixing with nordic Aryan types — a complete inversion of reality.
In his 1953 book Israel Between East And West, Jewish ethnologist Dr. Raphael Patai confirmed that unlike the ancient Israelites, modern Jews worldwide embody diversity, “The impression is thus gained that the Jews do not belong to a single homogeneous racial a group.”
So these brown-skinned Indians may indeed be Jews, but they certainly are not Israelites.