Jews of Libya

The Jewish history of Yemen is said to date back to King Solomon, who sent merchants out to find gold to build the Temple. But there are other versions as well, and Yemenite tradition suggests that Jews arrived in 629 BCE, after Jeremiah predicted the Temple’s destruction four decades in advance. Regardless of the exact timing, Jewish arrival and existence in Yemen has an incredible history. Yemeni Jews are much different culturally from other Jewish communities in the Muslim world, as Yemen’s rulers attempted to isolate the country from the rest of the world. The development of local Jewish culture reflected this detachment, with their fashion and culture sharing many commonalities with Sunni Muslims. 

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The Jewish history of Yemen is said to date back to King Solomon, who sent merchants out to find gold to build the Temple. But there are other versions as well, and Yemenite tradition suggests that Jews arrived in 629 BCE, after Jeremiah predicted the Temple’s destruction four decades in advance. Regardless of the exact timing, Jewish arrival and existence in Yemen has an incredible history. Yemeni Jews are much different culturally from other Jewish communities in the Muslim world, as Yemen’s rulers attempted to isolate the country from the rest of the world. The development of local Jewish culture reflected this detachment, with their fashion and culture sharing many commonalities with Sunni Muslims. Read More

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What Happened to Libyan Jews During World War II? (Instagram Carousel)

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