Bnei Menashe uphold tradition in farthest reaches

The Bnei Menashe, or Sons of Manasseh, claim descent from one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel, who were sent into exile by the Assyrian Empire more than 2,700 years ago. Their ancestors wandered through Central Asia and the Far East for centuries, before settling 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 and celebrating the festivals. They continued to nourish the dream of one day returning to the land of their ancestors, the Land of Israel. Read more…

“Even in the farthest reaches of north-eastern India, the Bnei Menashe have continued to uphold ancient tradition of building Sukkot in honour of the festival.” Michael Freund, Chairperson, Shavei Israel