One People, One Blood: Ethiopian-Israelis and the Return to Judaism

One People, One Blood: Ethiopian-Israelis and the Return to Judaism

by Don Seeman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813549361

ISBN-13: 9780813549361

Pub. Date: 09/01/2010

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

"Qäs be-qäs, anqulal be-agerou yehedal" . . . "Little by little, an egg will come to walk upon its own leg." Ethiopian-Israelis fondly quote this bit of Amharic folk wisdom, reflecting upon the slow, difficult history that allowed them to fulfill their destiny far from the Horn of Africa where they were born.

But today, along with those Ethiopians who

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"Qäs be-qäs, anqulal be-agerou yehedal" . . . "Little by little, an egg will come to walk upon its own leg." Ethiopian-Israelis fondly quote this bit of Amharic folk wisdom, reflecting upon the slow, difficult history that allowed them to fulfill their destiny far from the Horn of Africa where they were born.

But today, along with those Ethiopians who have been recognized as Jews by the State of Israel, many who are called. "Feres Mura," the descendants of Ethiopian Jews whose families converted to Christianity but have now reasserted their Jewish identity, still await full acceptance in Israel. Since the 1990s, they have sought homecoming through Israel's "Law of Return," but have been met with reticence and suspicion on a variety of fronts. One People, One Blood expertly documents this tenuous relationship and the challenges facing the Feres Mura.

Distilling more than ten years of ethnographic research, Don, Seeman depicts the rich culture of the group, as well as their social and cultural vulnerability, and addresses the problems that arise when immigration officials, religious leaders, or academic scholars try to determine the legitimacy of Jewish identity or Jewish religious experience.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813549361
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Series:
Jewish Cultures of the World Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 A Death in Addis Ababa 12

2 The Question of Kinship 41

3 Purity of Heart 62

4 Returning to Judaism 84

5 Absorption 109

6 Blood and Terror 150

7 The "Feres Mura" Dilemma 180

Notes 213

References 215

Index 233

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