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|Jewish Rabbinate Rules Igbos Are Israelites by Kei144(m): 4:19am On Sep 05|
On the 14th day of January 2022 [12 Shebat 5782], the Jewish Rabbinate of the Obadya Alliance [Dayan Jacob de Oliveira, Dayan Eliezer Tabor, Dayan Yehonatan Elazar-DeMota, Rabbi Hananiah Cohen, and Rabbi Haim Ovadia] ruled that the Igbos of Nigeria are descendants of ancient Israelites. According to the Rabbinate, “the presence of Israelites along the Niger River had been known by Jewish authorities in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Lithuania, and Suriname. Rabbinic letters addressed to the Igbos by Chief rabbis: Dr. Solomon Hershel Lewin, David Meldola, and the Gaon of Vilna (Elijan Zalman), support the idea that there was contact between European Jewish communities and Igbo Israelites. All of the correspondence from the aforementioned rabbinic authorities address the Igbos as “brethren of the Children of Israel.” Accordingly, there is no doubt of their origins, nor of their halakhic status as Israelites.”
According to the Rabbinate, while there is yet an exhaustive academic genetic study of the Igbos, the data of the majority of those who have reported their autosomal and y-chromosome DNA, supports that their ancestors migrated from the Levant Basin, sharing genetic links with Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews alike. The Rabbinate noted the fact that rabbinic authorities during the Songhai Empires were aware of Israelites in Igboland, which leads to the logical conclusion that they treated Igbos as Israelites.
The final conclusion of the Obadya Alliance Rabbinate was that “Igbos are to be treated as Israelites, in every sense of the word, and also their priestly and Levite lineages should be upheld as valid.” The Rabbinate advised that upon the return of the Igbos to Omenana (what you do in the Land), they should be circumcised [if they hadn’t performed it already], say the sheheḥeyánu afterwards, and partake in the kola nut ceremony with their brethren, as is customary among Igbos.
My personal joy with this ruling is the attention it may draw, which may also trigger more scholars to do more research about Igbos, what the Igbos offered the world in the past, what they are offering the world now, and what they would offer the world in the future. As democracy is under assault, the Igbos are democratic to the core and stand out as the most culturally democratic ethnic entity globally. The world may have a look at the Igbo traditional system of government, which has survived despite many years of British rule and Nigeria’s deliberate marginalization.
It is interesting that the Obadya Rabbinate addressed Igbos as Israelites, not as Jews. They also affirmed Omenana (what you do in the Land) as the authentic original religion of the children of Israel. Dr. James Horton Africanus Beal had, in his 1868 book, West African Countries and Peoples, British and Native: And a Vindication of the African Race, described Igbo religion as Judaism mixed with pagan practices. In another book, The story of the Niger: A record of travel and adventure from the days of Mungo Park to the present time, Published 1888, author Robert Richardson observed, "The religion of the natives is almost pure idolatry; but some slight traces of Judaism may be discovered in it - a circumstance which seems to indicate that some stray wanderers of the Hebrew race must long ago have found their way to these regions, and in the gradual course of time become assimilated to the natives both in appearance and customs, leavening the races around them, however, with a few of their own ideas."
With this validation of Omenana as Israelite religion, Jewish and Igbo scholars should come together to fill in the gaps created by years of exile between Omenana in Africa, and Judaism in Europe. With Omenana poised to go mainstream, this learning process between Jews and Igbos would be invaluable for both groups, as they compare notes, as there could well be traces of Christianity in both modern Judaism and modern Omenana.
The Igbo Osu practice (Nethinim), which is rooted in Omenana has been both obdurate and pertinacious to modern Igbo society. These were temple servitors known from the books of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Chronicles. Scholars are divided as to whether they were actually slaves or property of the Temple. While Ezra 8:20 says that they had been set apart by David “to attend the Levites,” 1Chronicles 9:1-2 describes them simply as servitors like the Levites. To the Igbo, Nethinim or Osu are a "caste" that should not intermarry with free-born Igbo. Unfortunately, despite 200 years of Christianity in Igboland, with the creed “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28), the Osu still suffer discrimination.
In Talmudic times the Nethinim were put on a level with bastards, and their descendants, male and female, were interdicted from marriage with Israelites for all time (Yeb. ii. 4, viii. 3); this is said to have been established by David (Yeb. 78b) or by Ezra (Num. R. viii.). Nethinim were allowed to marry only proselytes, freedmen, bastards, and foundlings (Ḳid. viii. 3). In tables of precedence they are reckoned very low, coming after bastards in Yer. Hor. iii. 5 and Yer. Yeb., viii. 5. The Igbos may learn how to solve the Osu problem from the Jews. Since Christianity did not solve this problem, maybe Judaism will.
For someone who has worked on this subject for decades, digesting this ruling and its ground-shattering significance would be like peeling the multiple layers of an onion, with tears in your eyes. The most significant, in my opinion, is that the genocide against the Igbos between 1968 and 1970 would now be addressed as genocide against Israelites, highlighting the shared destiny of both Jews and Igbos as descendants of one father, Jacob, whom God renamed Israel.
The Igbos have suffered more genocide, perennial massacres, ethnic cleansing, discrimination, and marginalization in Nigeria. Igbos are perceived as a market-dominant minority, a resented “outsider” ethnic group. In a White House memo dated Tuesday, January 28, 1969, to President Nixon, former Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger described the Igbos as “the wandering Jews of West Africa, gifted, aggressive, westernized, at best envied and resented, but mostly despised by their neighbors in the federation.” Just as the world was called upon to answer the Jewish Question, the world has neglected to even entertain the Igbo Question. My hope is that this ruling may draw global attention thereto.
The ruling was signed by Dr. Dayan Yehonatan Elazar-DeMota, who has a Master’s degree in Anthropology and Religious Studies from Florida International University, and a PhD in International Law from the University of Amsterdam.
|Re: Jewish Rabbinate Rules Igbos Are Israelites by eagleu: 4:35am On Sep 05|
|Re: Jewish Rabbinate Rules Igbos Are Israelites by TemplarLandry: 5:28am On Sep 05|
|Re: Jewish Rabbinate Rules Igbos Are Israelites by ecolime(m): 5:34am On Sep 05|
What sort of fckery is this? I'm sure this thread was created to mock the Igbos.
Wetin connect black people and Jews?
|Re: Jewish Rabbinate Rules Igbos Are Israelites by horsepower102: 5:38am On Sep 05|
Igbos are Igbos. Nothing more. Nothing less.
|Re: Jewish Rabbinate Rules Igbos Are Israelites by ObiORBiafra: 5:44am On Sep 05|
All of it written by Emeka the israelite
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|Re: Jewish Rabbinate Rules Igbos Are Israelites by ObiORBiafra: 5:47am On Sep 05|
ecolime:Lol who's mocking igbos when Kanu calledbigbos jews? Didn't you all welcomed the scroll from Israel?
Allow others be the victim too. For once!
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|Re: Jewish Rabbinate Rules Igbos Are Israelites by MrsTwrite(f): 6:22am On Sep 05|
Black people get problem o.
|Re: Jewish Rabbinate Rules Igbos Are Israelites by BoldBrainz(m): 6:32am On Sep 05|
Somebody should please summarise that write-up.
|Re: Jewish Rabbinate Rules Igbos Are Israelites by tsdarkside(m): 6:46am On Sep 05|
this still doesnt change anything....
move to israel....go compete with the ethiopians who is a jew....
|Re: Jewish Rabbinate Rules Igbos Are Israelites by tsdarkside(m): 6:46am On Sep 05|
i didnt bothered to read it either....
|Re: Jewish Rabbinate Rules Igbos Are Israelites by pandoragirigory: 6:47am On Sep 05|
|Re: Jewish Rabbinate Rules Igbos Are Israelites by paramakina202: 6:54am On Sep 05|
UmulEri and AgulEri and other Anambra Igbrew wannabes are Jews not Igbos.Please take note.
|Re: Jewish Rabbinate Rules Igbos Are Israelites by Kevineleven(m): 7:01am On Sep 05|
The isrealites are white, the ibos are black, I repeat black.
How come the descendants are black, where did the white gene go?
I don't believe.
|Re: Jewish Rabbinate Rules Igbos Are Israelites by Chibuzoc(m): 7:03am On Sep 05|
Unfortunately, the children of the fallen demon won't allow the children of God to have a normal discussion
|Re: Jewish Rabbinate Rules Igbos Are Israelites by Rodimi20000000: 7:04am On Sep 05|
Jesus was taken to Egypt to hide. Think about this
|Re: Jewish Rabbinate Rules Igbos Are Israelites by epondudu: 7:12am On Sep 05|
ecolime:There are black Jews in Africa, For example the Beta Jews of Ethiopia.
But the Igbos are not Jews, they are just confused, they were from NRÍ then Catholics and now Jews
The Nri and Aguleri people are in the territory of the Umueri clan who trace their lineages back to the patriarchal king-figure Eri. Eri's origins are unclear, though he has been described as a "sky being" sent by Chukwu (God).He has been characterized as having first given societal order to the people of Anambra.
Who is now the fallen demon?
|Re: Jewish Rabbinate Rules Igbos Are Israelites by GeneralPula: 7:36am On Sep 05|
No wonder the journey of 40days been taking them 40years..
|Re: Jewish Rabbinate Rules Igbos Are Israelites by Adaisback(f): 2:04pm On Sep 05|
I think the Israelites actually originated from the igbos. Great historians should start tracing this fact
|Re: Jewish Rabbinate Rules Igbos Are Israelites by Vifx: 2:05pm On Sep 05|
|Re: Jewish Rabbinate Rules Igbos Are Israelites by Ttipsy(m): 2:18pm On Sep 05|
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