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Far from academic: Are Romanis descended from the tribe of Simeon?

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Published: 7 May 2018

Last updated: 5 March 2024

HUNDREDS OF GYPSIES have been flocking to Israel for conferences following an Israeli scholar’s discovery of a biblical connection between Jews and Gypsies. According to Shmuel Avukia of the community of Kokhav Yaakov, one of the organizers of these conferences, the Romani people are the lost descendants of the Israelite tribe of Simeon.

“A few years ago, I began studying the biblical texts thoroughly,” says Avukia, who has been researching the Jewish-Gypsy connection for several years now. “Not just on the surface, what we read in the Torah portion every week, but really thoroughly. And that’s where I stumbled upon the Romani issue.

FULL STORY The Jewish-Romani connection: Are Gypsies descendants of tribe of Simeon? (Ynet)

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