Stock Photo Description: Stock photo of Ethiopian woman and child at Sigd holiday in Jerusalem, Israel. The Ethiopian Jewish community, called Beita-Israel, lived in seclusion for over 1,000 years. Only reconnected to the Jewish world in the last century. According to Ethiopian tradition, their roots go back 3,000 years to the era of King Solomon. Like their brethren in many parts of the world, Ethiopian Jews suffered persecution for their beliefs and refusal to adopt Christianity. In the Middle Ages their lands were confiscated, villages plundered and many murdered. They were nicknamed Falash - intruders, homeless and without property. Despite the hardships, this community preserved their traditions with great devotion and generations were educated on the value of yearning for a return to Jerusalem, the Holy City, home of the Temple, pure and holy. The Sigd celebrations convey their love and yearning for Jerusalem.
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