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, accumulatedContinue reading “Absorption of Median Jewry in Israel”

Why are There no Bektashis in Kurdistan and Zazaistan?

The Medes were converted to Israelite religion by the deported Israelites from the Northern Kingdom of Israel and the Medes thus became Israelites themselves. The Israelite Levites were absorbed into the Median priestly tribe. The Israelite kohanim became the priestly caste of the Medes.  Alevis are descended from Israelite Levites and the Median priestly tribe.Continue reading “Why are There no Bektashis in Kurdistan and Zazaistan?”

Israel’s Strategic Dilemma vis-a-vis Core Median Jewry

Prior to the historical rediscovery of core Median Jewry were the remnants of Median Judaism around the world viewed with certain scepticism by official Israel. Scholars have even in recent years begun to claim that similarities with rabbinic Judaism are pure coincidence.  However, the rediscovery of core Median Jewry and the seven denominations of coreContinue reading “Israel’s Strategic Dilemma vis-a-vis Core Median Jewry”

The Zoroastrians are Jewish

Zoroastrianism is a form of Median Judaism. It is not part of core Median Judaism but as other forms of “secondary” Median Judaism is Zoroastrianism derived from core Median Judaism. Zoroastrianism has Kohanim but no Levites. Like other forms of Median Judaism beyond core Median Judaism is it highly syncretic. While it could be arguedContinue reading “The Zoroastrians are Jewish”

Settling the Qiangic Peoples in Israel

The Qiangic peoples of Sichuan, China are among those Median Jewish peoples that have largely resisted conversion to religious imperialism. The Qiangic peoples were identified as Jewish during the colonial era and were despite this not targeted by missionaries. There are more than 300 000 members of the official Qiang nationality in China and mostContinue reading “Settling the Qiangic Peoples in Israel”

How will Core Median Jewry React to Renunciation?

Clerical renunciation of syncretic (primarily pseudo-Islamic) aspects of denominations of core Median Judaism is an important aspect of the process of recognition, reunification and Aliyah (immigration to Israel). How then will ordinary core Median Jews (Alawites, Alevis, Alians, Bektashis, Druze, Yarsanis and Yezidis) react to religious renunciation by their respective clerical hierarchies? Core Median JewryContinue reading “How will Core Median Jewry React to Renunciation?”