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Lost tribes await Rabbi team

Jews in Manipur and Mizoram hope to take the holy dip during the 'Bettdin' ritual along with a Hebrew language test, which will enable them to return the Promised land

india Updated: Aug 28, 2005 03:19 IST

In a significant development the Jews of Mizoram and Manipur are expecting an Interior Minister of Israel, 10 rabbis, including Michael Frund, a Shavei Israel Director, early this September.

The team will perform a 'Bettdin' ritual for those people who claim to belong to one of the ten lost tribes of Israel. There are currently an estimated 5,000 members of the lost tribe - Shavei Manashe - each in Manipur and Mizoram. According to the law of return in Israel, the Shavei Israel after partaking in the ritual bath administered by the rabbis are cleansed of all impurities and allowed to return to Israel.

Sources said that as many as 500 and 300 people in both Manipur and Mizoram respectively who hope to take the holy dip during the ritual bath and also take the Hebrew language test that will entitle them to return to the Promised land.

Two prominent organizations, the Askenazi and Shepardic, have been formed in Israel to trace the lost tribes in the west and eastern parts of the world. It was on receiving relevant information that Chief Rabbi Solo Amar from the Shepardic Organization submitted his report on March 30 this year to the Israeli government saying there were four tribes of the Bnei Manashe living in the northeastern states of India. The Israeli government has since the 'discovery' taken up the return of the tribes to the 'Promised Land'.

(By arrangement with Newsfile)

First Published: Aug 28, 2005 03:19 IST