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Roots: Part VI: Sephardic Jews
By Mike Martin - December 9, 2008

A Sephardi is a Jew with family origins in the Iberian Peninsula (modern Spain and Portugal). This includes both the descendants of Jews expelled from Spain under the Alhambra decree of 1492, or from Portugal by order of King Manuel I in 1497 and their descendants who left the...

Roots: Part V: Ashkenazi Jews
By Mike Martin - December 9, 2008

No story on the origins of the Jewish people would be complete without a section on the Ashkenazi Jews. As we know from the Tanach and has now been confirmed by genetic markers the Jewish people originated from Semitic tribes that lived in the Middle East approximately 4,000 years ago....

Roots: Part IV: The Proof
By Mike Martin - December 9, 2008

An amazing discovery by a 12-year-old boy who accidentally broke through the floor of an Israelite tomb with a large hammer led an archaeologist to reveal to the world hundreds of pieces of pottery, jewelry and other artifacts that had been undisturbed for about 2,600 years. It also...

Roots: Part III: The Denial
By Mike Martin - December 9, 2008

For the last twenty five years there has been an attempt by archaeologists, not to prove the basic tenets of Jewish history and folklore, but to actually disprove them. Archaeologists or scientists have not found any evidence to suggest that Abraham, Moses or Joshua did not exist, but...

Roots: Part II: The Patriarchs
By Mike Martin - December 9, 2008

The story of Abraham is really the opening chapter in the history of the Jews. It was Abraham descended from Noah and the survivors of the great flood who was promised the divine blessing of the one true G-d if he and his people would remain steadfast in their honour and respect of...
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