The research Gradwohl did for her novel, HAMAMA, ignited a passion for illuminating the untold story of Yemenite Jews
at the turn of the last century.
There were also communities of Jews from Iraq who settled in India and the Far East, or in England, where Yemenite Jews
from Aden settled.
If that is the case, however--and it is a fairly complicated case to build and probably impossible to sustain (much of it depending on alleged oral tradition among Yemenite Jews
stretching back for twenty-seven centuries)--then any connection with or knowledge of Talmudic practices seems irrelevant; yet it is just such connection and knowledge that constitute the central claim of the book.
Some historic gems slated for restoration include 1886 Lumiere Brothers footage of daily life in Jerusalem and Jaffa; The Life of the Jews of Palestine, a 1913 documentary; footage of Winston Churchill's first visit to Jerusalem in 1921, and the unveiling of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Monument in 1948; My Father's House, a 1947 feature film by Herbert Kline; and The Hope, the first Israeli film in color focusing on integrating Yemenite Jews
In the first part of the 20th century, with the rise of racial conceptions and anti-Jewish politics, Jewish scholars were eager to deny that the Jews constituted a descent group--after all, did not Polish Jews look Polish, Yemenite Jews
look Yemenite and Hungarian Jews look Hungarian?
Israeli governmental and non-governmental organizations organized the airlift of 50,000 Yemenite Jews
are considered one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world).
Al-Hayat al-Jadida said an Israeli Jewish organization threatened to take over three homes in Jerusalems Silwan neighborhood, under the claimed pretext that their ownership belongs to Yemenite Jews
who lived there some 100 years ago.
This would, of course, label Yemenite Jews
as heretics since they have a Torah scroll that differs from Ashkenazi texts in at least nine places.
There is tacit agreement that the only person responsible was the actual assassin: Yigal Amir, the son of Yemenite Jews
, a former settler and a student of a religious university.
Almost the entire community immigrated to Israel between 1949 and 1950, when Israel airlifted 50,000 Yemenite Jews
to the young nation in a mission named "Operation Magic Carpet." Musician and rising star, Ravid Kahalani, is a descendant of that immigrant group.
You see, there are no Jewish Jews in the world; all of us have a hyphenated identity as French Jews, Yemenite Jews