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January 03, 2013

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Pashtun = Jewish?

"The theory that the Pashtun people originate from the exiled Lost Tribes of Israel was first debated by Western historians after the 19th century. Pashtuns are the largest ethnic group in Afghanistan and the second largest ethnic group in Pakistan."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory_of_Pashtun_descent_from_Israelites

ZIY

This is somewhat "ancient" news. See the JP piece from a year ago for more details & linking this find to the mysterious Rhadanites: http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/JewishNews/Article.aspx?id=251913

Though the JP article mentions only 150 manuscripts, & if so certainly not as large of a find as the Cairo Genizah, it could be that there were other manuscripts found in northern Afghanistan at other sites.

Another twist is that the JP article suggests that these manuscripts may in fact come from the Karaite community - though the discovery of an as-of-yet-unknown work by the anti-Karaite Saadia Gaon would suggest that this genizah includes materials from the "Orthodox" Jewish community of the time.

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