31 January 2008

FROM SPAIN … to AMERICA … to TEL AVIV

Not all the news you read is fit to print, but the following I came across as a feature article on the jpost online blog section of their site. brings to mind what Reb Menachem Mendel of Rimanov (1745-1815) said:

Regarding Moshiach's task of collecting the dispersed of Israel,
R' Menachem Mendel of Rimanov asks:

Are we to suppose that Moshiach tzidkeinu will go to all the places where Israel is dispersed,
to all the corners of the earth, and collect its members like a shepherd...?"

He answers as follows:
"The Moshiach, with his eleveated state of holiness, will conentrate his thoughts on exalted meditations and awesome forms of unification of Hashem's Names. Among the latter will be an especially petrifying and awesome form of unification which will produce the effect of gathering together all those that are born from the Jewish nation, who are dispersed over all the lands. Of their own accord they will feel compelled to come to the Holy Land. [Here he quotes Hoshea 11:11]

"At this time, each member of Israel will experience a faintness and trembling in his heart, which will hasten him to fly and reside in the place where he will be directed. This is what will be accomplished by Moshiach with a single thought concentration and by invoking a unique holy form of unification of Hashem's Names which "no eye will have seen" or known other then Moshiach himself, whom we aspire to have in our midst speedily in our days."


Another Link in The Gathering of Our People – Bringing the Tribe Home
Sephardi Genealogy Comes of Age

Modern Sephardi Jewry includes descendants of Jews expelled from Spain during the Inquisition as well as Oriental or "Mizrahi" Jews who lived in the Middle East, Near East and Central Asia - all non-Yiddish speaking, non-Ashkenazi Jews. Researchers, assisted by DNA projects, are also investigating the Sephardi roots of some Eastern European Jews.

Jewish genealogy is no longer the sole realm of Eastern European Ashkenazim.

A very creative and enterprising Schelly Talalay Dardashti, lead s the new
'Ask the Genealogy’ section
at JPost.com. A native New Yorker in Tel Aviv, she focuses on Jewish genealogy as researcher, journalist, blogger, online instructor and international speaker. For nearly 20 years, she's traced the DARDASHTI and TALALAY families across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Americas.

She also writes Tracing the Tribe - The Jewish Genealogy Blog (since 2006), was the Jerusalem Post genealogy columnist ("It's All Relative," 1999-2005); co-founded GenClass.com, offering online genealogy classes; and was the former multi-term president of the five-branched JFRA Israel (member, International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies - IAJGS).

Sephardi Genealogy Comes of Age

The 28th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy – is now open for registration. You can network with international experts, archivists and researchers of all skill levels.

The dates are Sunday-Friday, August 17-22. Conference and hotel registration
can be accessed at the event site. Prices are posted for various component costs, such as early bird registration, and more.

Maybe, maybe searching for ancestors will bring the search back to Eretz Yisrael
and thus eventually bring some of her children back Home.

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