Monday, November 7, 2016

Miracles in Israel: Return of Lost 10 Tribes of Israel 5: China, Japan, Georgia Caucasus Mts

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                  
Chinese Kaifeng Jews seek new lives in Israel
at Western Wall in Jerusalem
 1.  China might have been home to some of the Lost 10 Tribes of Israel.  There is the Chiang Min tribe in western China near Tibet that maintains a tradition of connection to the ancient Israelites.
Jew of Chiang Min, China

In fortlike villages in the high mountain ranges on the Chinese-Tibetan border live the Chiang-Min of Szechuan. According to the Scottish missionary, Reverend Thomas Torrance, who visited Chengdu in 1918, the Chiang-Min are descendants of the ancient Israelites who arrived in China several hundred years before the common era.The Chiang-Min believe in one God and serve the Abbah Molan, reminiscent of the Israelite Malach or messenger of God (angel). "In times of calamity or acute distress, the people have a moan or cry of a ‘Yawei’ sound - very suggestive...of the Biblical name of G'd."Many missionaries who came into contact with the Chinese Jews in the 17th through 19th centuries were convinced that they were descendants of the Lost Tribes who had either arrived through Khourasan and Turkesan or on the sea route through India and the Malayan archipelago; most authorities, however, claim they are of Persian Jewish origin .                                                                                                                                                                                                     
If that is so, then they could be from the Lost Tribes, taken in 721 BCE by Assyrians, then again by Babylonians in 586 BCE who wound up in Persia.                                                                                                                                                             

Koizumi at the Western Wall in Jerusalem
2.   Japan also has a group saying they all were descended from the Lost Tribes of Israel.  It is the Yamato clan's leadership who have this claim.  They consist of the  Japanese people.  The Yamato clan set up Japan's first and only dynasty.  They also believe that the Hada tribe's origin is traceable to the Hebrews, believing that they share a common root with the Jewish People.  Since 1948, about 200 Jews from Japan have immigrated to Israel.

"Jews are a minor ethnic and religious group in Japan, presently consisting of only about 2,000  people or about 0.0016% of Japan's total population."  As for this ancient Japanese clan and it's claim to Lost Tribal standing of Israel, "There is no evidence available, including modern DNA analysis, to support this hypothesis. A recently published study of the genetic origins of Japanese people does not support a genealogical link as put forward by Saeki.   Researcher and author Jon Entine emphasizes that DNA evidence excludes the possibility of significant links between Japanese and Jews. 

The theory had come to them this way:  "In 1879 the Scottish businessman Norman McLeod, who had lived in Japan since 1867, published in Nagasaki Japan and the Lost Tribes of Israel. Based on "personal research and observation", the book identified the Japanese as the descendants of the Ten Lost Tribes... Over thirty years later, in 1908, Saeki Yoshiro (1872-1965), a Waseda University professor, a Christian, and expert on Chinese Nestorians, published a book in which he developed a somewhat similar theory. According to Saeki, the Hata clan, which arrived from Korea and settled in Japan in the third century, was a Jewish-Nestorian tribe... Saeki's writings spread the theory about "the common ancestry of the Japanese and the Jews" (Nichi-Yu dosoron) in Japan, a theory that was endorsed by some Christian groups.  

I can attest to this thought that it had some positive comparisons.  Both Japanese and Jews 
are very intelligent.  I lived in Eastern Oregon where Japanese had been allowed to live instead
of being interned during WWII.  They had become farmers.  My son and 2 Japanese students
became Valedictorians when they graduated high school.  As a teacher, I had Japanese 
students  in class who were very bright and most capable.  My son and his Japanese friend
went to state in Debating and came in 2nd from this far-away farming community-up against
the city slickers.  It would be easy to think there was a connection to the groups, but evidence
says no.  There have been Jews living in Japan, however.  Read a friend of mine's book, 
"SOMEHOW WE'LL SURVIVE" about life in Japan during WWII through the eyes of a young 
Jewish Caucasian boy."  It's a true story by George Sidline about his life at age 7 and onward. .  

Y-DNA of Oriental Jews                           

Morning prayers in Kaifing, China

Lucotte et al. 2003 study found that (Oriental, Sephardic, Ashkenazic Jews and Lebanese and Palestinians), "seem to be similar in their Y-haplotype patterns, both with regard to the haplotype distributions and the ancestral haplotype VIII frequencies." The authors stated in their findings that these results confirm similarities in the Y-haplotype frequencies of this Near-Eastern populations, sharing a common geographic origin.

As Isaiah 49:12 said, "Behold, these shall come from far:  and, lo, these from the north and from the west;  AND THESE FROM THE LAND OF SINIM (Chinese).  

Also, "Jews and Japan: 7 Interesting Facts 
by Dr. Yvette Alt Miller 
Seven fascinating facts about Jewish links with the Land of the Rising Sun.
Some of Japan’s biggest influences have come from contacts with Jews, and Japan in turn has influenced Jewish culture and history. Here are seven fascinating facts about Jewish links with the Land of the Rising Sun.

Early Jewish Contacts

Some of the first foreigners to sail to Japan during the Age of Exploration in the 16th and 17th centuries are thought to have been Jewish merchants and explorers in the employ of Dutch and British navies. Seeking to insulate the nation from foreign ways, in 1639 Japan closed its doors to the West, forbidding foreigners from entering the country for over 200 years.
In Greek mythology, the Golden Fleece is the fleece of the gold-hair winged ram,
which was held in Colchis,  the  
ancient kingdom and region on the coast of the Black Sea, centered in present-day western Georgia.  The fleece is a symbol of authority and kingship.
3.Georgia in the Russian area have Jews, the Gurdzhim,  that assert their descendancy from the Northern Kingdom  of Israel exiled by the Assyrians in 721 BCE.  The community has no Kohanim (Cohens from Aaron) among them.  They call themselves "Ebraeli"s This is practically calling themselves Hebrews.  They use Georgian as their spoken and written language of communication.  The Georgian Jewish traders developed the jargon of Qivfuli that is a Jewish jargon with many roots of which originated in Hebew!  Others say the first Jews made their way to southern Georgia after Nebuchadnezzar conquered Jerusalem in 586 B.C.E. after first fleeing to Babylonia.

The Jewish community is divided between native Georgian Jews and Russian-speaking Ashkenazim who began to come to Georgia at the beginning of the 19th century, and especially during WWII.  The largest center is in the capital of Tbilisi with 11,000 at last count.  So we can say that the Ashkenazim Jews discovered this older group of Jews first.  "In the beginning of the 19th century, Ashkenazi Russian Jews were forced to move to Georgia by the Russian government. The Ashkenazi Jews and the Georgian Jews began establishing contact with each other, but relations were strained. Georgian Jews viewed the Ashkenazim as godless and secular, while the Ashkenazim looked down on the Georgian Jews.
Passover Seder 1924 in Georgia

These Georgian Jews have remained true to Jewish tradition and were exempted form a lot of the Soviet repression of religion.  Half of the Soviet Union's synagogues are in Georgia.  Their intermarriage has been low and the level of Jewish religious knowledge has  remained high, even without Kohanim. 

Beginning in 1863, groups of Jews began making aliyah, mostly for religious reasons. By 1916, 439 Georgian Jews lived in Palestine, mostly in Jerusalem near the Damascus Gate. Very few hakhams  (Orthodox leaders) immigrated to Israel due to their staunch Anti-Zionist stance, and most Jews who made aliyah were poverty-stricken and worked as freight-handlers in Jerusalem.

By 1989 there were 21,134 Georgians Jews who had moved to Israel.  Today Tbillisi has 11,000 remaining out of 1.5 million people.  Jews had numbered 100,000 in Georgia and about 13,000 are left.   

Georgian Jews are known to have arrived in Georgia in the 2nd Century BCE.  "The observations for Georgian and Ethiopian Jews met historical expectations—Georgian Jews are an outgrowth from the Iranian and Iraqi Jewish communities, and Ethiopian Jews are an ancient community that had relatively few, if any, Jewish founders from elsewhere and existed in isolation for >2,000 years." We know that Babylonia had attacked Israel in 586 BCE and had carried off some of the population, so they may have been in that group who wound up in Persia (Iran).  They could have also had some that were taken in the Assyrian attack of 721 BCE as well.  

Mt-DNA of the Jews of Georgia (haplogroup of female line-passed on by mother to children)

According to the study of the mt haplogroup of G. Thomas et al., 51% of Georgian Jews are descended from a single female.  According to Behar, 58% are descended from this female ancestor.   Researchers have not determined the origin of this ancestor, but it is known that this woman carried a diverse haplotype, which is found throughout a large area stretching from the Mediterranean to Iraq and which includes the Caucasus.

 This G haplogroup branches from haplogroup M.  M and N  are called the superhaplogroups
 that settled in northern and northwestern Asia.  They followe the Rift Valley  into the MIddle 
East, then spread into India, Asia and onto Austrailia.  More than 1.2 of Indians have this 
haplogroup.  N had originated 60,000 years ago to give you an idea of M.  

In Georgian Jewish DNA samples, both Mediterranean and European haplotypes were found.   
This could show either a Mediterranean origin with European genetic contributions or a Euro-
pean source with the Mediterranean contribution.  Generally they are found to be closer to 
European populations then Mediterranean.  There was a genetic distance between the Mount-
ain and the Georgian Jewish communities in the Y haplotype studies.  

Theodoer Herzl in 1900 with 2 Mountain Jews of Caucasus.

4. Mountain Jews (Kavkazi)  of Caucasus :Lost Tribes from 

Babylonian Exile to Persia (Iran) 586 BCE-more tribal 
members taken away

 Mountain Jews or Caucasus Jews also known as Juhuro, Juvuro, Kavkazi Jews or Gorsky Jews (AzerbaijaniDağ YəhudiləriHebrew: יהודים קווקזים Yehudim Kavkazim or יהודי ההרים Yehudey he-HarimTurkishDağ Yahudileri) are Jews of the eastern and northern slopes of Caucasus, mainly AzerbaijanChechnya and Dagestan. They are the descendants of Persian Jews from Iran.

 Their language is Judeo-Tat, and  is an ancient Southwest Iranian language 
which integrates many elements of Ancient Hebrew.  Mountain Jews are distinct
 from Georgian Jews of the Caucasus Mountains. The two groups are culturally 
and ethnically different, speaking different languages and having many differences
 in customs and culture.  
It is believed that they had reached Persia from Ancient Israel as early as the 8th century BCE. They continued to migrate east, settling in mountainous areas of the Caucasus. The Mountain Jews survived numerous historical vicissitudes by settling in extremely remote and mountainous areas. They were known to be accomplished warriors and horseback riders.        
 The genetic distance and admixture measure showed that the majority of these Jews' haplotype were shared with other
Jewish communities and were consistent with a Mediterranean origin. It indicated a shared
ancestral pool of genetic haplotypes for most contemporary Jewish communities.   Some have 
already made aliyah to Israel like the one who made the video listed below, Jacob.  
Synagogue in Azerbaijan

 Mountain Jewish traditions are infused with teachings of Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism..

Resource: DNA Tradition-the genetic link to the ancient Hebrews by Rabbi Yaakov Kleiman
Abraham's Children: race, identity, and the DNA of the Chosen People by Jon Entine  on Hada clan  92 pages in English  Mountain Jews


  1. nice article ... Samurai people of japan may be lost tribe too ,, their life style culture like ancient Judah .
    and In Philippian one island people may be from lost tribe because their culture also matching with Ancient Judah .

    1. Thanks, Khan. Here's where DNA testing would help us to find out about these people. We feel very strongly that some Pashtos of Afghanistan and Pakistan are from the Lost 10 Tribes, and I was excited to see that some men had the Q1b DNA haplogroup very much like my father and brother have. They also do many things like we do.

  2. and some time i think we are going to creating 5 or 6 jews states in world .

    1. Thanks, Khan. With our small numbers,( less than 1% of the world population), one state is fine. When King Solomon died, my tribe,Judah, the southern part of Israel, broke off from Israel and separated because Solomon's son wanted to continue very high taxes like King Solomon had started for his many projects. His son and others were breaking away from the law to please their foreign wives, and the Judeans didn't like that. However, that divided the land and made it easier for the Assyrians to attack and take away the best of the northern 10 tribes. I always thought that was their mistake because united they stood but divided they fell. Judah probably didn't even know their brothers were being attacked and needed help. Too bad they didn't have telephones in those days. They probably had to rely on runners to communicate with each other. Getting back to what you wrote, the number of Jews in the USA are almost the same number as in Israel, but they are spread out all over these 50 states; not like Israel where they are very close together. Of course you probably know that Israel was supposed to be much larger but that the British took away 80% of it before we could do anything about it. So Israelis live in many apartment buildings because their space is so small.