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Conversion of lost Jewish tribe

By Shaikh Azizur Rahman

A complaint from India, apparently following pressure from Hindu and Christian groups, has forced Israel to suspend conversion of thousands from a lost tribe of Jews. Israel’s chief rabbi of the Sephardic Jews, Shlomo Amar, recognized northeast India’s 9,000 Bnei Menashes as one of the 10 lost tribes of biblical Israel, and sent a Beit Din, a rabbinical court, to India in September to begin the conversion process of the impoverished tribe, giving them hope of a new life in Israel.

About 220 Bnei Menashes were converted in the states of Mizoram and Manipur in September, and the remaining members of the tribe were awaiting their turn when Israel’s Foreign Ministry earlier this month ordered the chief rabbinate to stop the conversions because it was straining relations with India.

Read the original article at: World Peace Herald

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