Posts tagged indian
Posts tagged indian
New Delhi Sept. 10. The Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, was very much delighted with a unique gift he received at the banquet hosted by the Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, here last night.
The gift contained replicas of the Copper plates from the `Magna Carta’ of the Jews of Kochi, which has the oldest synagogue outside Israel. The gift was presented by the Kerala Tourism Minister, K.V. Thomas.
According to some scholars, the Copper plates given by the then rulers of Kochi during the arrival of the Jews to that place, dated back to the 11th century. But the traditional date according to the Cochin Jews is 379 AD.
It contains the royal order of giving special favours to the Jews led by Joseph Rabban. “We have granted to Joseph Rabban the village of Anjuvannam together with the 72 proprietary rights, tolls on boats and carts, the revenue and title of Anjuvannam, the lamp of the day, a cloth spread in front to walk on, a palanquin, a parasol, a Vaduga (i.e. Teluge) drum, a trumpet, a gate way, a garland, decoration with festoons, and so forth.
“We have granted him the land tax and weight tax; moreover, we have sanctioned with these Copper plates that he need not pay the dues which the inhabitants of the other cities pay the Royal palace, and that he may enjoy the benefits which they enjoy. To Joseph Rabban the Prince of Anjuvannam and to his descendants sons and daughters and to his nephews, and to the sons-in-law who married his daughters in natural succession. So long as the world and moon exist, Anjuvannam shall be his hereditary possession. Hail”.
This has been granted with the knowledge of Govarthan Marthandan—Chief of Venadu, Kodal Chirkandan—Chief of Venapalinadu, Manavepala Manavian—Chief of Eralanadu, Trairan Chathan-Chief of Vallunadu, Kodal Travi—Chief of Nedumpurayurnadu, Moorkan Chathan—Sub-commander of the forces, and Vandalacheri Kandan—the Prime Minister. This is also inscribed on the plates. At present, Kochi has a small Jewish community of less than 100. A large number of Cochin Jews had migrated to Israel.—UNI
Well, apart from the political views, this is awesome!
Famous Indian Jews—Brian George
Brian George is famous for being Raj’s father on the famous T.V. show the Big Bang Theory. You probably also seen him in Seinfeld, as the angry Pakistani restaurateur Babu Bhatt. He was on the Star Trek episode of “Dear Bashir, I Presume?” Well, George was born as the child of escaped Indian-Baghdadi family in Jerusalem.
Also, I have notice other similarities in Hindu and Jewish traditions. Regardless of their major beliefs (e.g. idol worshiping and the concept of one G-d) both religions uses a natural horn to blow. In Judaism it is blown during services hours on Rosh Hannah and Yom Kippur (message me if I’m wrong) and in Hinduism (I come from a Bengali family, so this object is pretty important) Shankha is used after pujas and rituals are announced. The Shankha is particularly used to resemble Vishnu, which in Vaishnavism sect, is considered the Supreme g-d, whereas the shofar was blown, in the Hebrew Bible, emanating from the thick cloud on Mount Sinai made the Israelites tremble in awe (Exodus 19, 16).
Try out the awesome Shalom Bombay, Glatt Kosher Indian Cuisine!
Shalom Bombay is one of the most unique and talked-about Kosher restaurants to hit the tri-state area in years. Their new Manhattan location comes to you after years of feeding happy diners in Teaneck, NJ. They offer fine dining with an extensive menu of delicious Indian Cuisines.
Shalom Bombay of Manhattan is under the Hashgacha of the Orthodox Union. Mashgiach on premises at all times.
From the photo archives of Life Magazine, now available from Google. Caption read, “Indian rabbi blowing the shofar horn on the Jewish sabbath.” This may not be accurate, since many Jews refrain from blowing on Shabbat. Perhaps someone who knows the Indian Jewish customs better can explain. Still, it is a dramatic photo that reminds us of the diverse communities of Jews around the world.
The Forgotten Jews from Mizoram. Thousands of previously God-fearing Christians in the Indian enclave of Mizoram are converting to Judaism. They believe they are descended from one of the twelve lost tribes of Israel.
Nadira rose to cinematic prominence with the 1952 film Aan with her role as a savage princess. She did a bold scene in the movie. In 1955, she played a rich socialite named Maya in Shree 420. She played lead roles in a number of films such as Dil Apna Prit Parayee, Hanste Zakhm, Amar Akbar Anthony and Pakeezah. She was often cast as a temptress or vamp, and played opposite the chaste heroines then favored by the Bollywood film industry.
Nadira won a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress, her role as Julie’s mother Margaret, ‘Maggie’, in the 1975 film Julie. During the 1980s and 1990s, she entered a new phase of her career, playing elderly women as a supporting actress. Her last role was in the film Josh (2000). In her longtime career, because of her western attire, her character in most of her memorable movies was Christian or Anglo-Indian. One notable exception can be found in the movie Aan, opposite Dilip Kumar, where she played a Rajput princess. Also, in Shree 420 there was no religious affiliation shown explicitly: her character was named Maya, which is not necessarily a Christian name. In fact, Maya is a quite common name in India, coming from the Sanskrit word for illusion.
She was well paid for her efforts and was one of the first Indian actresses to own a Rolls-Royce.
Turn Left at the End of the World(Sof Ha’Olam Smola) is a Israeli film which revolves around a Indian family who recently moved in Israel. I never had the chance to watch the film, but I heard it’s good.