Bukharan jew dating

Among Bukharan Jews, there are two ancient theories of how Jewish people settled in Central Asia.

One theory is that Bukharan Jews may be descended from the Tribe of Napthali and the Tribe of Issachar of the Lost Tribes of Israel The Bukharan Jews are considered one of the oldest ethno-religious groups of Central Asia and over the years they have developed their own distinct culture.

Before the construction of the first synagogue, Jews had shared a place in a mosque with Muslims, this mosque was called the Magoki Attoron (the "Mosque in pit").

Some say that Jews and Muslims worshipped alongside each other in the same place at the same time.

Traditionally Bukhori (Tajik Persian), Tajik, Russian, Hebrew (Israel), English (USA, Canada, UK, and Australia), and German (Austria and Germany) spoken in addition and to a lesser extent, Uzbek for those who remain in Uzbekistan.‬), are Jews from Central Asia who historically spoke Bukhori, a Tajik dialect of the Persian language.

Due to pressures to convert to Islam, persecution, and isolation from the rest of the Jewish world, the Jews of Bukhara began to lack knowledge and practice of their Jewish religion.

The first primary written account of Jews in Central Asia dates to the beginning of the 4th century CE, it is recalled in the Talmud by Rabbi Shmuel bar Bisna, a member of the Talmudic academy in Pumbeditha, who traveled to Margiana (present-day Merv in Turkmenistan) and feared that the wine and alcohol produced by local Jews was not kosher.

When Persian King Cyrus conquered Babylon, he encouraged the Jews he liberated to settle in his empire, which included areas of Central Asia; in the Middle Ages, the largest Jewish settlement in Central Asia was in the Emirate of Bukhara.

In 1843 the Bukharan Jews were visited by the so-called "Eccentric Missionary", Joseph Wolff, a Jewish convert to Christianity who had set himself the broad task of finding the Lost Tribes of Israel and the narrow one of seeking two British officers who had been captured by the Emir, Nasrullah Khan.

Wolff wrote prolifically of his travels, and the journals of his expeditions provide valuable information about the life and customs of the peoples he travelled amongst, including the Bukharan Jews; in 1843, for example, they collected 10,000 silver tan'ga and purchased land in Samarkand, known as Makhallai Yakhudion, close to Registon.

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