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When the Babylonians conquered the kingdoms of Israel nearly 3,000 years ago, Jews were sent into a far flung diaspora.
Over time, Jewish communities were established around the world: from Ethiopian Jews who crowned a Jewish queen and created their own holidays; to the Yemenite Jewish community that has multiple origin stories.
Whether they settled in India or Libya, Cochin or Kaifeng, the rich heritage and traditions Jews have passed down for generations remain steadfast in their global presence today.

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About Explainers: From ancient Jewish traditions to the modern State of Israel, we explain it all. Diving into anything and everything related to Jewish culture, history, and even religion.
Understand Jewish holidays, Israeli politics, Jewish diasporic communities, and more. Learn about Judaism in pop culture, debunking myths about Jews, and explore obscure Israeli landmarks. We’re asking questions as basic as “What is the Talmud?”, and as obscure as “How did hip-hop boost Kosher wine sales?”, and everything in between.

About Unpacked: We provide nuanced insights by unpacking all things Jewish. People are complex and complicated — yet we’re constantly being pushed to oversimplify our world. At Unpacked we know that being complex makes us more interesting. Because of this, we break the world down with nuance and insight to drive your curiosity and challenge your thinking.

00:00 – Introduction
00:31 – History of Jewish diaspora
1:27 – Ethiopia
2:17 Libya
2:59 Yemen
3:41 India
5:10 Azerbaijan
6:02 Mali
7:00 Kaifeng
7:41 Guyana & Suriname
8:43 Shanghai
10:04 Israel

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