The mystery of the 10 Lost Tribes of Israel has captivated the imagination of societies around the world for centuries. Among the many communities who claim to descend from these Lost Tribes, the Bene Menashe, from a remote region of India, assert a profound connection to the tribe of Menashe, tracing their lineage back to ancient Israel.

Amidst a recent surge of unrest threatening centuries of peaceful existence, the Bene Menashe’s story prompts critical reflections on Jewish identity and belonging.

Chapters
00:00 Intro
00:43 Origin story of the Bnei Menashe in India
01:47 Christian missionaries convert many Bnei Menashe
02:11 Return to Jewish roots
04:02 Reabsorption into the global Jewish community
04:49 A minority amidst ethnic violence
05:35 Aliyah, immigration to Israel
06:59 Discrimination against Bnei Menashe
07:30 The importance of Jewish unity

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Executive Producer:
— Barry Skolnick
Co-Executive Producer:
— Shmuel Katz
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Translation credits:
Portuguese: Saymon Pires, www.livrariasafra.com.br, @safralivraria

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