Absorption of Median Jewry in Israel

How will absorption of Median Jews fare in Israel? Israel is a world-leader in successful absorption of immigrants. Since the top poskim (leading rabbinical authorities) of every generation have always been aware of core Median Jewry and recognized them as fully Jewish is there no issue whatsoever with their religious recognition as Jews. Furthermore, accumulated evidence is persuasive, also considering that core Median Jewry are subdivided into Kohanim, Levites and Israelites, i.e. commoners, and there is no lack of evidence for Median Jewry being Jewish. What remarkably will happen between rabbinic Jews and the various denominations of Median Judaism is that they will start to intermarry as they will all recognize each other as Jews. The Jews of the Southern Jurisdiction of Judah have waited for 27 centuries for the Jews of the Northern Jurisdiction of Israel to return to the land of Israel. This will be a most awaited return. The absorption of Median Jewry will be challenging due to the sheer demographic size of Median Jewry numbering in the tens of millions while integration will be easy. How quickly will Median Jews adopt Jewish identity? Experience shows that Crypto-Jewish populations quickly reappropriate Jewish identity once they become aware of being Jewish and this is in fact already long since happening widely among Median Jews in the Middle East.

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization.

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