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a very sad story. thats why the jews should have missionaries like other religions or thry will die out by assimilation

Gila Perle

Very interesting article. I would be happy to write to any Chinese person identifying him/herself as a Jew. Can you put me in touch with interested parties ?

yehudah pritt sehmi

49:11 And I will make all My mountains a way, and My highways shall be raised on high.

49:12 Behold, these shall come from far; and, lo, these from the north and from the west, and these from the land of Sinim.(China)

49:13 Sing, O heavens, and be joyful, O earth, and break forth into singing, O mountains; for the Lord hath comforted His people, and hath compassion upon His afflicted.

49:14 But Zion said: 'The the Lord hath forsaken me, and the Lord hath forgotten me.'

49:15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, these may forget, yet will not I forget thee.

49:16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of My hands; thy walls are continually before Me

Israel let us truely consider the Torah.And
the ways of HaShem and not man.

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yehudah pritt sehmi

One does not need to travel or look to any cults it is all in the Tanach.Israel let us truely consider the Torah.And the ways of HaShem and not man.His ways are not the ways of man.A woman can forget the child in her womb and a person can suppress another.A thief can steal
but HaShem will have the final say in every situation.

steve peled

my grandmothers brother, a galacian-jew of european ancestry, escaped the holocaust and died in shanghai of yellow fever, while awaiting passage to re-unite with his sister in america.his son and daughter resided in israel. i have often wondered about his grave and weather it was marked, or location in china. Yes, most of the community is gone, but they wont have to face the shameful spectacle of a prime minister travelling the globe, lying to large groups of jews, trying to sell a shoddy piece of propaganda.

Dennis Moran

The Jews will not be assimilated, but rather, it's the other way around. G-d raised up the Jews to be Priests for Himself to the entire world, and the day is coming when every piece of land on earth will be a Jewish province, ruled by the Messiah Himself from Jerusalem. The perpetual war against the Jews which has been waged by Hell itself and by every power that Hell could mobilize has, in fact, been a war against G-d; and in the end that war will have proven completely fruitless.

greg cline

what a beautifull story

greg cline

i mean beautifull story in the sence the Jewish tradition will live on in him. not in the since that the community no longer exhists.


While in graduate school studying Jewish history, I became very curious about the Jews of China and did some research on the Jewish community at Kaifeng. Most interesting for me was to learn of ways in which Chinese customs were incorporated into Jewish worship in that community. For example, the synagogue had a hall of ancestors where twelve bowls of incense were placed, one for each of our 12 patriarchs, the 12 sons of Jacob. The veneration of ancestors was a very Chinese custom, and the community at Kaifeng was instructed to offer them oxen and sheep together with fruits of the season twice a year.

Some customs of synagogue worship seem to indicate that this community may have been established in the first century. During the reading of the Torah, the reader would cover his face with a veil. This was said to be in imitation of Moses in Exodus 34:33.

Another interesting feature of the synagogue was the custom of placing the scrolls of the Law on an embroidered cushion. It was called the chair of Moses. In addition, the synagogue had a recess in one of its walls in which sinews were extracted from animals slain for food. The Chinese were so impressed with this practice that they gave the Jews the name of "sinew-pluckers."

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