A growing number of non-Jews are seeking to discover if their ancestors were Jewish. Jews for Jesus & other gentiles who observe some Jewish practices are eager to uncover Ashkenazi DNA in their chromosomes. For some it gives them credibility in their proselytizing efforts.
Catherine Afarian calls herself a “love child of the ‘70s.” Her mother discovered that she was pregnant after she had broken off a relationship of less than a year. Afarian has never met her biological father, but her mother always said he came from a big Italian family, and Afarian got a kick out of Italian colleagues telling her she looked just like a “Roman girl.” Continue Reading »
The advocates of the theory tying the origins of European Jewry to the Khazar kingdom are motivated mainly by a hostile political agenda that aims to advance the delegitimization of the Jewish State of Israel.
By Dore Gold
Every number of years the theory is advanced that the Jews of Europe are actually descendants of the Khazar kingdom, a mostly Turkic people whose king and nobility converted to Judaism in the early eighth century, allowing them to become a buffer state between Islam and Christendom.
When the Khazar kingdom collapsed in the 13th century, according to the believers in the Khazar theory, its population fled into Eastern Europe and served as the core of European Jewry. Continue Reading »
Sheba Medical Center geneticists find common genetic mutation, often called the ‘Ashkenazi mutation.’
Sheba Medical Center geneticists have found that a population of Indians in the U.S. state of Colorado has genetic Jewish roots going back to the expulsion of Jews from Spain.
Indian tribes meeting in Denver, Colorado. Some Indians from the state have a unique genetic mutation usually found among Ashkenazi Jews - Photo by Reuters
The common marker was a unique genetic mutation on the BRCA1 gene. This mutation, commonly known as the “Ashkenazi mutation,” is found in Jews of Ashkenazi origin and is associated with an increased risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. Continue Reading »