Darling, did you see this article on the smallest minority in India?

That must be the Jewish one. They have been here for almost 2000 years.

Just understood that!

Actually, during the Indo-Pak war in 1971, it was a General of Jewish descent who carved the greatest victory in Bangla Desh area. It’s because of J.F.R.Jacob that even today we have total control of the eastern board!

Really! Information is that “the credit really goes to General Jacob’s meticulous preparations in the Indian eastern command and to the implementation by his Corps commanders”!

He was later appointed as the Governor of Goa and of Punjab.

*Lieutenant General Jack Farj RafaelJ. F. R.Jacob, PVSM (1924 – 13 January 2016) was a Jewish Indian Army officer. He was best known for the role he played in Bangladesh’s victory in the Liberation War of 1971 and the Liberation of Bangladesh. Jacob, then a Major General, served as the Chief of Staff of the Indian Army’s Eastern Command during the war. During his 36-year career in the army, he also fought in World War II and the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965. He later served as the Governor of the Indian states of Goa and Punjab.

*Meet India‘s smallest minority, the Indian Israelis

Here’s a look at the Indian Israeli community which has been living in different parts of India for over 2,000 years. | Written by Neha Vashishth New Delhi, July 5, 2017 | UPDATED 14:31 IST A +A –
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s trip to Israel holds great importance for the Israelis as well as Indian Jews who migrated from Israel. The Jewish community in India is the fourth largest in the world after Israel, Asian Russia and Iran. As PM Narendra Modi signs defence deals during his tour to Israel, let’s take a look at the ‘real’ minority community in India:
Jewish refugees entered India through the sea route from Judea (Southern Palestine) and settled in India. In 1948, about 70,000 of Jews migrated to Israel after the creation of the modern state. But some of them stayed back.Israel in India: The seven main Jews groups in India:
  • Cochin Jews One of the first communities to settle in India, Cochin Jews entered India through sea trade route from Malabar Island and settled as traders.
  • Chennai/Madras Jews – The Madras Jews were mainly diamond businessmen and of Sephardi heritage. They migrated to Chennai in 19th century. Their main language was Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) and they helped Indians by maintaining their trade relations because of their language fluency.
  • Bene Israel – Some Jews who lived in India (before partition) were called Bene Israel Jews. They mainly were from Sindh, Punjab and Pathan area. After the partition, they migrated to India and settled in Mumbai, while some of them returned to Israel. Bene Israel Jews are also known as Children of Israel and migrated 2,100 years ago in Maharashtra. About 3,500-4,000 of them still remain in Maharashtra.
  • Baghdadi Jews – This group of Jews migrated to India from Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran around 250 years back.
  • Delhi Jews – Delhi’s Synagogue Judah Hyam Hall is the only place in the capital where Jews can pray and is a part of the Jewish heritage center.
  • Bnei Menashe – A community of Mizo and Kuki tribesmen in Mizoram and Manipur also emerged and are recent converts.
  • Bene Ephraim (Telugu Jews) – These Jews are known as Telugu Jews, and their existence dates back to 1981.
There are many Jewish landmarks in India which one can visit to taste the flavour of Israel in India. The landmarks exist in Kochi, Ernakulam, New Delhi, Mumbai and many more places around India.Indian Jews are eagerly looking forward for a minority status in India after PM Modi’s historic Israel visit.
*Friday Fictioneers is talented group of enthusiasts penning down a story, a poem, a prose, etc., expressing their heart about a photo prompt, every week. Thanks for this week’s beautiful photo prompt © Sarah Ann Hall

14 thoughts on “INHERITANCE

  1. You know, the Bible talks about Israel being dispersed among the nations and that they will return to Israel from “the four corners of the earth.” I don’t know why I was surprised to read about the substantial Jewish population in India! Shouldn’t have been. Thank you so much for this informative post.

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  2. You are welcome. I thought it would be great to low. Plus, my husband is a history buff, Indian history. So that conversation was for real on the morning I wrote it. I just asked me abit Jews in India and he let loose this snippet of information while dressing for work!☺

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  3. Dear Sabina,

    Bene literally means ‘children of’ in Hebrew. Of course you’ve captured my heart with this bit of history. Thank you so much for expanding our education.

    B’rachot and Shalom (Blessings and Peace)


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