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However, behind the lack of commotion lives quietly a remarkable community of Jews: the Jews of Kaifeng. For tens of centuries, the Jews of Kaifeng have been a part-Jewish, part-Chinese needle in a haystack of mostly pure Han Chinese citizens.
This community, boasting an incredibly lineage and history, embody the merging of two ancient cultures — Chinese and Jewish — which are often thought of in isolation to one another. The Jews of Kaifeng, according to stone inscriptions, were made up of 70 clans or families when they first set foot in China; unfortunately, after nearly a hundred generations, due to numerous instances of social, political, and natural upheavals, their population has declined significantly, leaving a headcount of barely 1, Indeed, since only a fraction of the Jews in Kaifeng still adhered to Judaic principles — such as observing the Sabbath — a hint of doubt is at the very least warranted.
Moreover, because generations of intermarriage and interbreeding with the indigenous Han Chinese has left the Kaifeng Jewish population, virtually, physically indistinguishable from any pure Han Chinese neighbors, disputes regarding their lineage is understandable. Many Jews from different parts of the world began to pour into China to visit this very special community in Kaifeng. The Kaifeng Jews at this point knew very little about their purported Jewish heritage, but were eager to reconnect with the roots of their forefathers. As the Jews of Kaifeng, however, do not strictly adhere to certain Jewish traditions — because, for instance, maintain a purely kosher diet in China is practically impossible — they are required to undergo full conversion in order to become Jews recognised by the state and in order to receive Israeli citizenship.
Their purpose was to remind future generations about the Israelite religion, about their prayers, what and when to pray, and to perpetuate the history and significance of the Temple. At the time of the engraving, the Israelites had lived intermittently under Chinese administration for over years, adhering to the biblical rituals and customs. Part I contains the new annotated translation and traces the original Chinese text to biblical sources. Part II examines the origin of the community, their first encounter with the Chinese, their dedication to the Temple and their life as Jews in the sea of Chinese culture.
Incorporated are many Hebrew sources and original Chinese works that are translated here for the first time which highlight the cross-cultural currents that challenged the Israelites in China. It takes the reader into uncharted territory of the Jews in ancient China. Help Centre.
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